Bristol’s transport network has come under serious scrutiny over the last few decades due to difficulty with accessing places for education, jobs and leisure.
Congested roads, unsafe walking and cycling routes coupled with high levels of air and noise pollution have become serious issues.
However, progress is being made in the form of various schemes across the city including: MetroBus, MetroWest and various other rail improvement works such as the Filton Four Track Project.
MetroBus is a rapid public transport project between Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council. It’s a smarter way of travelling that uses a combination of segregated busways and bus lanes connecting North Bristol, including Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Parkway and Bristol City Centre to South Bristol, including Hengrove Park and Long Ashton Park and Ride.
The first MetroBus services are programmed to start operating in early 2018 from Long Ashton Park and Ride to Bristol Temple Meads and the city centre.
MetroWest is currently at its consultation stage although comprises a package of major rail improvements delivered in two phases.
The Phase 1 project is proposing to reopen the Portishead rail line and enhance local passenger train services on the Severn Beach and Bath to Bristol lines. The plans include a new rail station at Portishead and the reopening of the former station at Pill.
The MetroWest Phase 2 project is proposing to re-open the Henbury Line to an hourly spur passenger service and increase train services to Yate to a half-hourly service. The plans include new rail stations at Henbury, North Filton and Ashley Down.
The MetroWest project is an exciting opportunity for Bristol, subject to funding and meeting all the regulatory and technical requirements, including a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.
Other major rail works in Bristol include the expansion of the railway between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, from two to four tracks providing greater passenger capacity. The project is now well underway, with work being undertaken at various sites along the route.
Bruton Knowles has specialist expertise in delivering utility and infrastructure projects for major statutory undertakers. Our expertise extends to Development Consent Orders. We are currently advising on major infrastructure projects across Bristol and the wider area, meaning we are best placed to provide expertise and advice on all compensation matters.