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 near Residential Parking Zones. Air pollution and climate change concerns.
These are the transport concerns raised with me in my public meetings, surveys and online during 2018. I’ve now pulled that together into my North Bristol Transport Plan which I launched in January 2019.
North Bristol Transport Plan
- 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.
- New Non-Stop Bus & Cycle Lanes: these new Transport Hubs should have non-stop bus and cycle lanes into and out of Bristol City Centre and Cribbs Causeway, with a review of travel to work routes in Avonmouth. However, I am objecting to current bus route proposals which would cut off Brentry and carve up Westbury-on-Trym. Read more on this below.
- Restricted access to the Bristol YTL Arena / New Housing: residential single 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 developments across the North Bristol Arc.
You can read the full North Bristol Transport Plan by clicking HERE. You can download a copy by right clicking the image above and saving the PDF to your computer or device.
And please tell me what you think about my North Bristol Transport Plan by completing my Transport Survey.
Darren Jones MP
Member of Parliament for Bristol North West
North Bristol Transport Survey
A Transport Survey is now live for constituents to share their views on transport in Bristol North West, as well as feedback on Darren’s North Bristol Trasnsport Plan.
Proposed Bus Routes and Turning Restrictions (A4018) – February 2019
Whilst Darren has called for non-stop bus and cycle lane connections from his proposed Henbury Transport Hub to Cribbs Causeway and into Bristol City Centre, he is objecting to the proposed cutting off of Brentry, Henbury and the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and turning restrictions on Falcondale Road. Darren is also very concerned about the like impact on Southmead and increases in traffic.
Darren strongly believes that bus routes can be installed without reducing current road capacity and with proper access routes all along the A4018 (Wyck Beck Road, Passage Road, Falcondale Road and Westbury Road).
On 16th February 2019, Darren held a meeting with hundreds of residents to discuss these plans.
You can read the full proposals from Bristol City Council by clicking here.
You can read more from Darren on this at by clicking here.
You can join Darren’s dedicated Facebook Group on this issue by clicking here.
North Bristol Transport Forums
Darren hosted a constituent Transport Forum in October 2018. Darren heard views on local congestion hotspots and experiences of public transport but, more importantly, ideas for how local infrastructure could be improved with investment. Darren used this information to shape the North Bristol Transport Plan and continue to call for investment into North Bristol’s transport systems.
The October forum followed a previous meeting with Network Rail, Great Western Railways, First Bus, Highways England, Bristol City Council, Sustrans and community groups in July 2018.
North Bristol Transport Fund
Darren has identified a spare £53m of local funding, following the Mayor’s decision to not have a publicly-funded Bristol Arena near Temple Meads.
Darren has called for this entire pot of money to be spent on transport upgrades in North Bristol.
Please support Darren by signing his petition HERE
What has Darren done on transport issues?
- In February 2019, Darren called on the council to scrap their plans to carve-up Westbury-on-Trym by installing new bus lanes through the village and restrict multiple turnings along the A4018. Darren launched a petition to call on the Mayor to re-think the proposals. Darren also received further updates from First Bus on the 3 and 4 route.
- In January 2019, Darren launched his North Bristol Transport Plan (details above). Darren 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. Darren 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, Darren met Regional Mayor Tim Bowles to share his continued concerns about the need for investment in North Bristol’s transport system. Darren 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 2018, Darren shared his concerns about the 3 and 4 First bus routes. Later that month, Darren also shared a response from First about the Portway Park and Ride.
- In October 2018, Darren held a constituent Transport Forum and slammed the government’s decision to reduce financial incentives for electric and hybrid cars. Darren also asked the Mayor to investigate how to stop trucks and lorries using the route under the iron bridge in Shirehampton.
- In September 2018, Darren 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, Darren invited Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles to attend the constituent-focussed Transport Forum being held on 19th October.
- In August 2018, Darren shared his 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.
- Darren sought to continue to champion 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 2018, Darren also wrote to Bristol City Council calling on them to reconsider introducing flat charges for parking at Blaise Castle.
- In June 2018, Darren publicly called for infrastructure improvements across North Bristol on BBC’s Sunday Politics show.
- In May 2018, Darren 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 2018, Darren wrote 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.
- Darren also challenged the government in Parliament to consider, and mitigate, how removing tolls on the Severn Bridge would impact traffic in North Bristol.
- In February 2018, Darren started a joint petition calling on First bus to reinstate the number 76’s stops at Henbury Primary School.
- In January 2018, Darren launched his campaign and petition calling for a North Bristol Transport Fund.
- In Parliament in November 2017, Darren called on government and Regional Mayor to fund the full Henbury Loop.
- In Parliament in October 2017, Darren 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, Darren submitted a formal response to the Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles’, West of England Strategy Discussion Paper calling for ‘an end to gridlock’. Darren also welcomed news of a £2.25m investment into a new station at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton but says more investment is needed.
- In August 2017, Darren formally met with Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles and discusses need for infrastructure and transport funding.