North Bristol Transport Plan
Transport has always been a problem in Bristol. Already, certain roads are gridlocked at multiple times a day which makes buses late and drivers stressed. Cyclists run out of cycle paths at dangerous moments and pavements can often end for those wanting to walk. Our rail network only serves certain areas and – in the end – most people in Bristol North West just drive their cars.
I want to fix this. Not just to make getting around our city easier, but to improve public health and air pollution and to contribute to meeting our climate change objectives too.
And with thousands of new homes being built in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire, new retail developments, the lifting of the tolls on the Severn Bridge (resulting in 6m additional car journeys per year) and the potential for a 15,000 seater Arena in North Bristol upgrading our transport networks in North Bristol has now become an urgent issue.
That’s why I’ve been working hard at my North Bristol Transport Plan from the very beginning of my time as your MP. You can read the back story, read the latest updates and find out how to get involved below.
North Bristol Transport Forum and Survey
Darren hosted a constituent Transport Forum on the evening of Friday 19th 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 will use this information to continue to call for investment into North Bristol’s transport systems. A survey will be launched in the New Year to give all constituents the opportunity to share their views.
This October forum follows a previous meeting with Network Rail, Great Western Railways, First Bus, Highways England, Bristol City Council, Sustrans and others 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 January 2019, Darren submitted feedback from constituents to the West of England Combined Authority consultation on proposed transport upgrades for Bristol. You can read that feedback by clicking here.
- 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.