Local Transport across Bristol North West
Getting stuck in traffic jams. Buses that are late or never turn up. Cycle paths that run out of path. Lack of access to trains. Dangerous travel to work routes. Having to pay for taxis when nothing else works. Excess cars parking to avoid paying to park or Residential Parking Zones. Cars parked in cycle lanes or on the pavement. Air pollution and climate change concerns.
These are the transport concerns raised with me in public meetings, surveys and online during 2018 (and most days since). I pulled that together into my North Bristol Transport Plan which I launched in January 2019. Since the launch, I’ve continued to campaign for improvements in transport and infrastructure.
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North Bristol Transport Plan and Survey:
Following the Mayor’s decision to not have a publicly-funded Bristol Arena near Temple Meads, I have identified £53m of local funding. I have called for this entire pot of money to be spent on transport upgrades in North Bristol. My North Bristol Transport Plan, launched in January 2019, calls for:
- Three new Transport Hubs: bringing rail, bus, cycle hire, cycle lock-up, car parking and electric vehicle charging points together on one site. These Transport Hubs should be at the Portway P&R in Shirehampton, at Henbury (next to the Rugby Club) and North of Lockleaze. I also support the opening of a full Henbury Loop Line – which would link the new Henbury Spur line to the existing Severn Beach line.
- Improved Bus & Cycle Lanes
- Restricted access to the Bristol YTL Arena / New Housing: residential roads in Henbury, Brentry, Southmead and Lockleaze should not be used as access routes to the proposed Bristol YTL Arena. I expect to see significant transport upgrades using major routes to move people into and out of new developments across the North Bristol Arc.
You can read the full North Bristol Transport Plan by clicking HERE. You can also download a copy by right clicking of the cover icon of the plan.
Please tell me what you think about my North Bristol Transport Plan by completing my Transport Survey.
Darren Jones MP
Follow my work on local transport
- In December, a General Election was held so my usual work as your MP ceased for the 6-week period prior to the election. I was re-elected on 12th December.
- In October, after months of campaigning, I shared details of the council’s consultation on improved parking for residents of Cheswick Village. I also hosted a Q and A event on the proposed new YTL Arena in North Bristol.
- I also continued to call for a full Henbury Loop Line in a debate in Parliament.
- In September, I shared the good news my constituent’s feedback (which I submitted back in April) had now been considered by the council and the Muller Road transport scheme had been positively amended.
- In August, I sent 30,000 letters to constituents updating on key local issues including my continued focus on improving public transport.
- I was pleased to advise residents of progress in obtaining increased parking restrictions in Stoke Bishop. I also shared news of Wessex Water’s sewer relief scheme which will see substantially increased vehicle movements in Lawrence Weston, lower Shirehampton and around the edge of Avonmouth village.
- In July, I met with the new leader of South Gloucestershire to discuss the need for cross-council transport investment and a joined-up focus. I also updated constituents on the planning application for the potential new arena in Filton, and my views on the transport upgrades needed to prevent congestion and a rise in air pollution.
- I also received a reply from Curo about my support for a new pedestrian crossing in Lawrence Weston.
- In June, I continued to call for a full Henbury Loop as well as a new railway station in Lockleaze. I also continued to support the community campaign for a new crossing in Lawrence Weston.
- In May, I was pleased to see the council respond to my constituent’s feedback by rejecting many elements of the A4018 proposals as initially planned.
- I also shared details, including information on how to object, to the council’s proposed TRO for Westbury Village and Southmead and supported calls for a new crossing near Oasis Bank Leaze in Lawrence Weston. I also signed a cross-party letter calling on the new Rail Regulator to ensure easier and fast ‘automatic compensation’ is rolled out across the rail network.
- In April, I submitted a formal response to the council’s consultation on the proposed changes to Muller Road, commented on WECA’s draft Industrial Strategy and the planning application for repair of the historic Iron Bridge in Shirehampton.
- I also welcomed news, the new station at the Portway Park and Ride had gained planning consent and Avonmouth Station had been awarded a £13,500 grant to become a community growing and learning space.
- In March, I held a third meeting to discuss concerns about the council’s plans for the A4018. I also completed my formal submission to the council’s A4018 consultation.
- I also organised a meeting for constituents likely to be affected by the council’s proposed changes to Muller Road and the surrounding area. I also recorded a 30-minute overview of North Bristol’s Transport.
- In February, I called on the council to scrap their plans to carve-up Westbury-on-Trym by installing new bus lanes through the village and restricting a high number of turnings along the A4018. I launched a petition to call on the Mayor to re-think the proposals and held two events for over 350 constituents. I also received further updates from First Bus on the 3 and 4 route.
- In January 2019, I launched my North Bristol Transport Plan (details above). I also submitted feedback to the West of England Combined Authority’s consultation on proposed transport upgrades for Bristol. You can read that feedback by clicking here.
- I also submitted a Written Question on the efficacy of the new Rail Ombudsman given third-party retailers such as Trainline, are not included in the Ombudsman’s remit.
- In December 2018, I met Regional Mayor Tim Bowles to share my continued concerns about the need for investment in North Bristol’s transport system.
- I also wrote to the council and University of Bristol about on-going parking problems in Stoke Bishop near the university’s halls of residence.
- In November, I shared my concerns about the 3 and 4 First bus routes. Later that month, I shared a response from First about the Portway Park and Ride.
- In October, I held a constituent Transport Forum and slammed the government’s decision to reduce financial incentives for electric and hybrid cars. I also asked the Mayor to investigate how to stop trucks and lorries using the route under the iron bridge in Shirehampton.
- In September, I challenged the Leader of the House to explain what evidence had been provided, in advance of the decision to remove tolls from the Severn Bridge, to enable to government understand, assess and mitigate the impact on Bristol’s traffic.
- In late August 2018, I invited Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles to attend the constituent-focused Transport Forum being held on 19th October.
- In August, I shared continued concern about the lack of investment in North Bristol’s roads following news that the Department of Transport estimates 16,000 extra cars on Bristol roads due to removal of the Severn Bridge Tolls. I championed the need for investment by chairing a Gridlock Conference in July 2018 for transport providers, cross-party councillors and representatives from Bristol North West’s community and transport-campaign groups.
- In July, I wrote to Bristol City Council calling on them to reconsider introducing flat charges for parking at Blaise Castle.
- In June, I publicly called for infrastructure improvements across North Bristol on BBC’s Sunday Politics show.
- In May, I wrote to members of the Local Enterprise Partnership (who make decisions on transport funding alongside the West of England Combined Authority Mayor, Tim Bowles)and the Regional Mayor calling for a Transport Fund of at least £50m.
- In March, I wrote to, and met with, First Bus (following launching a joint petition in February) challenging their decision to re-route the 76 bus away from Henbury school – the decision was overturned shortly afterwards and the route reinstated in September 2018.
- I also challenged the government to consider, and mitigate, how removing tolls on the Severn Bridge would impact traffic in North Bristol.
- In February, I started a joint petition calling on First bus to reinstate the number 76’s stops at Henbury Primary School.
- In January 2018, I launched a campaign and petition calling for a North Bristol Transport Fund.
2017: ( I was elected in June 2017)
- In Parliament in November 2017, I called on government and Regional Mayor to fund the full Henbury Loop.
- In Parliament in October 2017, I welcomed the Henbury Spur but raised concerns about the cancellation of the electrification of the Bristol to London line and called on Government to invest in the Henbury Loop and a station in Horfield and Lockleaze.
- In September 2017, I submitted a formal response to the Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles’, West of England Strategy Discussion Paper calling for ‘an end to gridlock’. I welcomed news of a £2.25m investment into a new station at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton but feel more investment is needed.
- In August 2017, I formally met with Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles and discussed the need for infrastructure and transport funding.