£1.3m boost for local bus services

bosBus users in Kingswood are mong those that will benefit from a grant of more than £1 million to improve services in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath.

The award from the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Area scheme follows a successful bid from the West of England Partnership to improve services on eight bus routes, including the A420 from Lawrence Hill to Kingswood town centre and the A37 Three Lamps to A368 at Chelwood.

The £1.3 million award is being made to South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset councils and the funding will support measures that improve journey times and make bus travel more attractive, such as new and extended bus lanes and upgrades to bus stops.

The chairman of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic  Environment Committee, Cllr Brian Allinson, said: “This is another welcome boost in our drive to improve bus services.

“Our vision for transport is to encourage a shift away from the private car to more sustainable travel options, such as public transport,  cycling and walking in order to reduce congestion, support economic growth  and promote a better quality of life for everyone.

“Bus services are key to this vision and small measures like enhanced  bus lanes and better traffic management can make a big difference to journey  times and the attractiveness of bus travel. I hope that with this funding we will see more people in South Gloucestershire and the West of England choosing to travel by bus.”

The eight routes that will be improved are:

South Glos:
A420 Lawrence Hill to Kingswood town centre
A38 (N) Arches to Thornbury (Health Centre)

A37 Three Lamps to A368 at Chelwood
Lower Bristol Road – Mill Lane, Twerton, to Lower Oldfield Park
A367 Wellsway, A36 to Odd Down Park & Ride
London Road, Cleveland Bridge to Stambridge

A4/A3029 Anchor Road to Ashton Road
A38(S) Bedminster Parade to Kings Head Lane