£200m transport investment on course to deliver
MetroBus will be an express, high quality service, separate from general traffic in places, with faster and more reliable journey times.
Funded in part by the Department for Transport, part local council and developer contributions, the £200 million investment is designed to link and connect with existing rail and bus services as part of a comprehensive integrated transport strategy for the West of England.
As part of a comprehensive integrated transport strategy for the West of England , MetroBus aims to reduce car dependency and congestion with:
- passenger transport improvements (including MetroBus and new bus links),
- measures to improve cycling and walking,
- traffic and parking management, and
- MetroWest improvements to local rail.
MetroBus vehicles will be environmentally friendly modern vehicles that meet European emission standards. The vehicles will have high-backed leather seats and free WiFi. Each vehicle will have Real Time Information to let you know what the next stop is.
Distinctive bus stops and dedicated bus lanes
MetroBus stops will be clean and distinctive with CCTV and Real Time Information screens that let you know when the next bus is due. To make MetroBus journeys quicker, stops will be further apart than on standard bus routes. Dedicated bus lanes with priority at junctions will also prevent the MetroBus being delayed.
MetroBus vehicles will have off bus ticketing so there’s no need to buy a ticket on the bus.
You will pay for your journey with a smartcard or by purchasing a ticket from a bus stop ticket machine, this will make boarding the bus much quicker for passengers. These tickets will also allow you to connect and use them on other bus and rail services across the West of England.
Powers to deliver
The Transport and Works Order for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route has recently been granted by the Secretary of State for Transport. This decision gives the West of England authorities the powers to deliver the AVTM busway.
“This is a hugely significant milestone for MetroBus and a compelling endorsement of the project. It is a major milestone and means we can move forward with confidence on the Network in order to bring about a significant step change in the provision of public transport in the area.”
“It has been a long process - we have been developing the plans since 2006 - and has only been achieved by virtue of our shared commitment to joint working to deliver benefits to the whole area.”
Commented Councillors Brian Allinson, Mark Bradshaw, Elfan Ap Rees and Caroline Roberts, members of the West of England Joint Transport Executive Committee.
Following a Public Inquiry in summer 2012 the independent inspectors report states “I conclude that the case for making the Order is compelling and in the public interest.”
Find out more about the MetroBus and MetroWest plans at www.travelwest. info/projects
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