Councillor Richard Eddy (Con, Bishopworth) is aghast that the proposed Metrobus routing up Redcliff Hill includes a 24-hour bus-lane going towards the City Centre, with no provision for any bus lay-bys.
The Cribbs-to-Hengrove Metrobus scheme is one of three major transport projects which are currently being constructed across the City of Bristol.
Now, Councillor Eddy has formally submitted a written question on this issue to be answered by the Mayor at the next Councillors’ Mayoral Question Time, which takes place on Tuesday, 19th January.
Cllr Eddy said: “I am not surprised to learn that the City Council is proposing to create a bus-lane northwards along Redcliff Hill, but I am appalled to discover its hours of operation will be 24 hours, squeezing all the private traffic using this busy road into single file.
“Already, the eastbound bus lane Redcliff Way towards Temple Circus roundabout funnels traffic into one lane, which adds to traffic gridlock, and this will soar with the present proposals.”
“I am also concerned that there are no moves to create bus-lane lay-bys into the wide pavement to the west of Redcliff Hill, so the very regular bus services are bound to build up and further delay traffic flow.
“Formal planning consultation has already been finished, so I am asking Mayor Ferguson to step into the saga and ensure common-sense prevails.”