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Author Topic: Bristol-Bath Railway Path improvement work  (Read 8556 times)
martyjon
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2018, 04:47:53 pm »

We were promised Metrobust in the early stages and have gone through years of disruption with traffic diversions etc while the new bus lanes were built on the ring road, only to find out later that the whole Downend area is now being bypassed completely with the new buses (if they ever run) running straight along the ring road, with our nearest stops being Hambrook or Emersons Green.
There are also stops at the Emerald Business Park and Wick Wick Roundabouts on the Ring Road
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Of course, they've concentrated everything on Emersons due to available parking
Which is a joke, a Park and Ride car park with no more than a 100 or so parking spaces, I've seen bigger pub car parks.
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....the roads to BPW aren't wide enough for the new buses to access!
Haven't heard that one unless you mean the Ashton guided bit.
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Our buses to BPW have been halved in number, and we have no direct bus services to BRI ....
Well yes the half hourly service 18 serving Southmead Hospital via BPW was withdrawn and replaced by an hourly split 10/11 service both terminating at BPW. The service 19/19A still provides between them a half hourly service to BPW from Kingswood, Soundwell, Staple Hill and Downend.
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.... and yet hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent to provide Metrobust which will serve Emersons very nicely, but leave a huge portion of NE Bristol (Staple Hill, Soundwell, Downend, Fishponds, Mangotsfield etc etc etc) still without a decent - and more importantly accessible without a 30 minute hike to the nearest stop - public transport system.
Yes, well who in their right minds will want to be transported half way round Bristols Northern Suburbs Ring Road and then via the UWE Frenchay Campus just to get into Bristols Centre 1 minute earlier than walking down ones residential street to the Staple Hill Road and catching a service 49 bus. Another thing is why serve the Frenchay campus with the M3 at all when that location already has a frequent service to the city centre on the service route UWE. The M3 will pass the Hambrook access slip road to the M32 and this could add up to 10 minutes more to the jounrney times into the city. FFS why don't they route the M3 route onto the M32 at the earliest opportunity, no they want to make this white elephant A BRILLIANT WHITE ELEPHANT.

I'll tell ee fur shore the residents of Emersons Green, Blackhorse, Downend and Bromley Heath ain't gonna be very appy when they realise the X48 is being replaced by Metrobus route M3 and they got to get used to using the slower routes 5, 7, 47, 48 and 49 services into the central area.

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So it's no wonder that we often look so longingly at the cycle path and dream of a direct rail service to escape the daily jams on Fishponds Road... and with our dreaming hats on even more so if we hadn't lost the 13 arches viaduct and could hop on a train directly to Clifton.

Don't worry, Marvin (Bristols elected mayor) has got all that sorted in his plans for a Bristol Underground, there will be a route Fishponds - Greenbank - Eastville Retail Park (alight here for IKEA) - St. Andrews - Redland - Clifton.
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2018, 06:06:08 pm »

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....the roads to BPW aren't wide enough for the new buses to access!
Haven't heard that one unless you mean the Ashton guided bit.

Here you go...  you couldn't make this stuff up! 
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/metrobus-widen-bristol-parkway-roads-856809

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I'll tell ee fur shore the residents of Emersons Green, Blackhorse, Downend and Bromley Heath ain't gonna be very appy when they realise the X48 is being replaced by Metrobus route M3 and they got to get used to using the slower routes 5, 7, 47, 48 and 49 services into the central area

No, we aint!
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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2018, 06:17:23 pm »

Service UWE is also being withdrawn, ostensibly for the summer vac but I bet it won't return
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