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Multi-million pound funding to revolutionise transport system

Multi-million pound funding to revolutionise transport system

From improving key routes into the city centre to boosting bus and rail infrastructure, more than £229 million is set to be invested in Bristol’s transport network. 

22 March 2022

When they meet on 5 April, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet will consider plans for how major transport projects will be funded by the City Regions Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) over the next five years. 

Bristol’s proportion of the £382 million CRSTS funding allocated to the West of England Combined Authority is expected to be around £191 million. The council plans to put in an extra £38 million, bringing its total share up to £229 million. This will be invested in a series of major projects, including: 

  • improving public transport corridors into Bristol  
  • improving the Long Ashton Metrobus route 
  • improving the Bristol to Hengrove Metrobus line 
  • making railway stations more accessible  
  • delivering two liveable neighbourhood pilot schemes 

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This transformative funding will allow us to invest in our transport infrastructure, and bring about real change in the way we travel across the city and region. 

“We are on a journey to be net zero by 2030, and this funding is a huge boost in helping us reshape our public transport and build the infrastructure needed to encourage more people to walk and cycle and take public transport. 

“Many of the projects cross city and county borders and will involve working closely with the West of England Combined Authority and our neighbouring local authorities to develop business cases to unlock this funding.

“This gives us all a huge opportunity to really tackle some of our biggest issues, such as congestion and air pollution, while increasing connectivity across the city and region. This is vital if we want to sustainably grow and prosper.”

If the distribution of the CRSTS funding is approved, business cases will be drawn up for the individual projects, which will go before Cabinet again before getting underway. 

Over the next five years, up to £46 million extra CRSTS funding will also go towards maintaining Bristol’s highways and transport infrastructure, along with road safety schemes, flood prevention measures and other smaller schemes. This funding replaces previous maintenance grants. 

The £382 million CRSTS funding has been allocated to the West of England Combined Authority from the Department for Transport for high-level transport projects across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire over the next five years.

The huge funding stream is only available to mayoral combined authorities, and is for projects which support inclusive economic growth, provide better connections between places, and encourage more people to use sustainable and zero-carbon transport.

Find out more and read the report.

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