Metro mayor calls meeting to discuss Joint Spatial Plan

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West of England Metro mayor - Tim Bowles
West of England Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles

The West of England Combined Authority metro mayor Tim Bowles, is holding a committee meeting at 10am on Friday September 15, at Kingswood Civic Centre in South Gloucestershire.

This extra meeting has been organised to consider carrying out a series of outline business cases into transport schemes that would support delivery of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

Further funding to develop feasibility studies for other transport schemes will be considered at WECA’s next meeting on October 30.

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) sets out the long-term development needs of the West of England, including North Somerset, to 2036.

This includes identifying housing and employment land, transport and other infrastructure needed to support the planned growth. A Joint Transport Study (JTS) has been developed alongside this by the constituent authorities of the Combined Authority and North Somerset Council which covers both schemes to mitigate the housing requirements of the JSP and other key schemes.

Whilst no final decision has been made about the locations in the JSP, the Combined Authority needs to carry out this work to look into a number of possible transport schemes now. This will provide robust evidence if the West of England decides to progress any of these schemes in future.

A paper going to the meeting proposes carrying out outline business cases into the following possible schemes:

South East Bristol and Whitchurch

A4-A37 orbital route (including Hicks Gate roundabout improvements)
A37-Bristol Link
A4 MetroBus (Bristol to Keynsham MetroBus) and Callington Road Link
Orbital Metrobus
Park and ride provision

A4 Bristol – east Keynsham

Avon Mill Lane to A4 link
Keynsham rail station improvements

Yate strategic corridor

A432 MetroBus and strategic cycle route.
A432 park and ride
Yate station enhancements
Winterbourne / Frampton Cottrell bypass

A38 (J16, Almondsbury to Falfield)

MetroBus and strategic cycle route to Thornbury (and Buckover), including A38 park and ride
Charfield rail station
M5 J14 improvements

Park and rides around Bristol

M32 park and ride
A4018 park and ride
A38(S) park and ride

Bristol urban living package

Walking and cycling package including strategic cycling routes
Greater Bristol Bus Network 2
City centre movement

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