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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

If local people want an Integrated Transport Authority for Greater Bristol the government will help them, Mr Cameron said.

The Prime Minister stopped short of openly backing the Evening Post campaign for an ITA – one body that could help bring the area’s transport network into the 21st century – during his visit to the city on Thursday.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

THE derelict Royal Mail site by Temple Meads is “not a good advert for Bristol”, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron looked around the  land during a visit to the city to promote the government’s new Local Enterprise Zones.

He chose Bristol to confirm the approval of the scheme to encourage economic growth by giving businesses cheaper rates, more relaxed planning rules and fast internet connections.

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From the West of England Partnership

The four West of England Councils have joined forces to submit five bids to Government for funding for major transport improvements in the area.

The Cabinet and Executives of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have agreed that the bids should be submitted by the deadline of 9 September this year.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

BRISTOL City Council’s flagship Ashton Vale to Temple Meads bendy bus route will not actually stop at the station, it has emerged.

The £50 million scheme is one of three rapid transit routes the council is finalising, ahead of submitting funding bids to government in September.

The idea is that the three routes will make life much easier for people who want to get from one end of the city to another.

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By Sam Rkaina and Dan Evans

 

FUNDING bids for three bendy bus schemes for Bristol have been given the city council’s backing, despite concerns from some campaigners.

Bristol City Council’s cabinet endorsed the proposals at a meeting last night, ahead of a final submission to the Government for funding in September.

The three routes are the £50 million Ashton Vale-to-Temple Meads scheme; the £102 million north fringe-to-Hengrove package and the £45 million south Bristol link.

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Tim Kent, executive member for transport on Bristol City Council, tells the Evening Post why,  despite widespread criticism of the idea, he believes the bus rapid transit network – known as the bendy-bus route – is the best hope for the city to have a fast, efficient public transport system

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Plans by the four Greater Bristol councils for Bristol’s rapid bendy-bus service have to be submitted to the Government by September.

But not everyone agrees that these so-called Bus Rapid Transport solutions are the right ones.

Here, transport campaigner PIP SHEARD argues that the bendy-bus routes will be neither rapid nor environmentally friendly.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

THE future control of Bristol City Council is to be decided today, after nearly two weeks of political negotiations.

Barbara Janke is expected to continue as leader of the authority with the Liberal Democrats running a minority administration.

A rethink on trams, a review of the green-spaces sell off plan and a decisive debate on whether Ashton Vale should be a town green are believed to be among the main concessions that will allow them to remain in power.

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By Ian Onions, Political Editor

A SENIOR Bristol councillor has urged transport leaders to “think big” over a pioneering tram system which could ease the city’s traffic congestion.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

UP to 102 Hackney carriages in Bristol could be risking prosecution for failing to have their vehicles resprayed blue.

The deadline for Bristol City Council‘s blue livery policy passed on May 1.

Drivers were given three years to make sure their vehicle was the right shade of “Bristol blue”, and despite complaints about the cost the majority have fallen in line.

But more than a week after that deadline passed there are still scores of drivers who haven’t told the council they have met the conditions.

As of yesterday, 707 of the 809 registered drivers had confirmed the respray with the authority.

The council says that many of the remaining 102 may have had their vehicles altered but not informed them yet. They could also be off the road while resprays are being carried out.

The council has still warned though, that any driver caught driving a Hackney cab that doesn’t match the policy will be subjected to enforcement action.

That could mean a fine, a court prosecution or the removal of the drivers’ licence.

Bristol Blue taxis at Temple Meads station

Council spokesman James Easey said: “We are confident that the vast majority of Hackney carriages currently working are now Bristol blue. We would like to thank the owners for complying with the livery requirement.

“The number of Hackney carriage owners who have brought in their vehicles to show they are the correct colour is now at 707.

“Of the remainder we know that a number have been resprayed but that the owners have yet to notify the licensing office of the change in livery. We also know that, as is normal, there are a number who are not trading at present because they are abroad, or their vehicles are not roadworthy.

“Any Hackney carriages that are not blue and are operating off the ranks or are being hailed in the street will be subject to enforcement action.”

The council approved the “Bristol blue” policy in 2008 to create a uniform city image like the yellow cabs of New York.

Initially councillors gave drivers two years to have their vehicles resprayed but this was extended to three. Many drivers complained that this would still cost them thousands of pounds in the middle of a recession.

The flip side of the policy is that no private hire vehicle is allowed to be blue.

That means that some private hire drivers were affected financially as well, having to respray their blue cars a different colour.

Shafiq Ahmed, Bristol representative of the National Taxi Association, who has not yet had his own vehicle resprayed, said: “My understanding is that most people who have not complied as yet are not doing it because of funds or because the garages offering the most competitive offers are busy.

“There are also some drivers that due to individual circumstances are considering, even at this late stage, appealing against the particular policy, such as people who are part-retired and cannot afford it. The council has been very heavy-handed. They sent notices and then they sent enforcement officers to ranks. We are not against the policy, we are against the way it has been implemented.”

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