Posts Tagged ‘Greater Bristol Bus Network’

Campaigners call for Filton Avenue bus lane to be scrapped

Posted on Tuesday 9th October 2012 at 10:33 am by SH (Editor)

Filton in the press.

A transport campaign group is calling for a Filton bus lane to be scrapped, claiming the move would cut congestion and make buses more reliable.

The bus lane on the northbound side of Filton Avenue on the approach to Station Road (A4174) was installed three years ago by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) as part of the £70 million Greater Bristol Bus Network project.

The Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance is calling for a rail and bus interchange to be constructed at Filton Abbey Wood railway station and says buses could avoid the busy Ring Road junction by cutting down Nutfield Grove to reach the railway station.

Filton Abbey Wood railway station.

Filton Abbey Wood station, in Emma Chris Way, is currently served by just one bus an hour (the 581 Chipping Sodbury to Hanham service).

A spokesperson for the campaign group has told the Bristol Post that reverting Filton Avenue to two lanes would benefit both motorists and public transport users.

Residents and shopkeepers say the lane is a waste of time and money, adds the paper.

A spokesperson for SGC said the Council aspired to have more buses serving Filton Abbey Wood station but removing the bus lane would not automatically allow this to happen.

Read more: Scrap Filton Avenue bus lane, say transport campaigners

Related link: Bus Services in Filton (The Journal)

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Councils win Government cash to improve A38 bus services

Posted on Friday 23rd March 2012 at 6:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton bus services

Bus services on the A38 Filton Road are set to benefit from a share of a £5 million Government grant awarded to the Greater Bristol area today.

The West of England Partnership has been given £4,986,000 to fund a set of schemes intended to boost growth, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus passenger numbers.

Some of the money will be used to install new traffic control equipment at the junction of Filton Road and Monks Park Avenue (described as a “key delay hotspot”) to give buses dynamic priority.

Other benefits of the scheme to upgrade the 75/76 Hengrove to Cribbs Causeway route to “Greater Bristol Bus Network standard” include:

  • Extra bus shelter sites and replacement at more heavily used stops
  • Real Time Passenger Information (12 displays at more heavily used stops in the North Fringe)
  • On-bus units to expand RTPI coverage to all services on the corridor

Network wide improvements within the West of England area will see 230 buses equipped with WiFi in order to improve the attractiveness of bus services on key corridors.

More: "Funding means a better deal for passengers, says Minister" »

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