New bus lane to be created between Thornbury and Patchway
6:01am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
BUS users in Thornbury and Almondsbury are set to see major improvements to their journeys into the city thanks to a £1.3 million cash injection from government.
The West of England Partnership has been awarded the sum as part of the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Area scheme.
A total of £210,000 will go towards the creation of a new bus lane between the A38 northbound at Patchway and Thornbury, with six monitoring cameras installed along the route and feeding back to a control centre.
The cameras will ensure that South Gloucestershire Council is alerted to any incidents, allowing it to act quickly to keep traffic flowing and in the long-term increase reliability for commuters.
In case of queues, waiting times at traffic lights could also be adjusted to avoid congestion.
New shelters with digital signs offering real-time updates on bus arrival times would also be provided between Aztec West in Almondsbury and Thornbury Health Centre.
The West of England Partnership represents South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset councils.
Thornbury Town Cllr Clive Parkinson welcomed the investment, although he wished the plans had benefited cyclists as well as bus users.
"The town council has long campaigned for improvements to the bus services to and from the town," he said. "We will need to see the details of these improvements as they affect the town. I was disappointed that the announcement did not include money to improve cycling facilities along the A38 and down Alveston Hill into the town."
Cllr Brian Allinson, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council’s transportation and strategic environment committee, said: “This is another welcome boost in our drive to improve bus services for South Gloucestershire and the wider West of England.
“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 funding will support measures to improve journey times and make public transport more attractive on seven other bus routes across the region.
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