£56.9m funding boost for metrobus


More than £56m investment has been approved by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the West of England Joint Committee to extend the metrobus network.

The Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension will link the Bristol Parkway railway station and The Mall bus.

The scheme includes the replacement and renovation of existing transport infrastructure, and new metrobus stops and walking & cycling infrastructure.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “More than 70,000 people now choose to use metrobus every week and we have already seen a 19% shift from car to metrobus in a recent passenger survey. We plan to build on that success with more services and better connections as part of our wider objective of getting more people to switch to using public transport across the West of England.

“We know our region is going to keep growing and we need to be ambitious to meet the needs of the future. The Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension will improve access to a number of existing and future employment sites including Rolls Royce, Horizon 38, Filton Enterprise Area and Cribbs Causeway. The project will also improve access for existing and planned residential developments in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.”