Consultation on major plans for changes to number 2 bus route
Consultations on proposed designs for major changes to Bristol’s transport network are now live.
Residents in Bishopston, Redland and St Andrews are urged to have their say on improvements to the number 2 bus route that could be made to improve the safety, reliability and ease of catching the bus, cycling and walking.
The bus route goes from one side of Bristol to another - Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood - via the A4018 and the A37, passing through Henleaze and the Downs to Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.
This comes as part of a wider transformation by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority over the next decade to make Bristol’s transport network better for all. The climate emergency and Bristol’s 2030 carbon neutral targets mean that changes are needed to the road network that will transform bus travel and encourage cycling and walking.
Both consultations follow public engagement last year, where the council spoke to citizens and invited them to give their feedback on what improvements are needed along the A37/A4018 and on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.
The detailed proposals for the number 2 bus route look to achieve: bus infrastructure enhancements to help buses move quickly through the traffic, improved journey times and reliability, better pedestrian spaces which provide safe crossing points and attractive streetscapes, and reallocation of road space for cyclists to make it easier and safer to cycle. In the area around Park Row they aim to support businesses to stay and thrive by increasing the number of pedestrians, and manage traffic flow and reduce pollution in the area around Park Row.
Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet member for Transport said: “Following a period of engagement last year, we’re now inviting the public to have their say on community-informed designs that lay out positive steps for changing a major transport corridor in and out of Bristol.
“As our city continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic, these improvements will allow Bristol to feel more connected, with shorter journeys and more reliable services, welcoming more people to choose catching the bus, cycling or walking and make the air we breathe cleaner.”
Those who take the consultation surveys will be able to view the proposed designs and have their say on improvements across the North, Central and South sections of the A37 / A4018 route.
Improvements will also benefit the other bus services that use part of this route. In addition, anyone who lives, works, or travels through the area can also take part in a survey on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street. The proposals are to make the current, temporary traffic improvements permanent and to introduce further changes to Colston Street.
Drop-in events will be taking place across the city in the North, South and Central sections of the A37/A4018, alongside online events. The consultation on improvements to the number 2 bus route is online on the Travel West website travelwest.info/A37A4018. Further information and details of the drop-in and online events can also be found on the website. The online survey for the consultation on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin, Marlborough Street and Colston Street can be found on the council’s website: bristol.gov.uk/ParkRowConsultation
If you do not have access to online facilities and would like a paper copy of the information and either survey please write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 903 6449 to leave a message with your request.
The consultation on Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin, Marlborough Street and Colston Street closes on 16 January 2022 and the consultation on improvements to the number 2 bus route closes on 28 January 2022.