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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

Calls are being made to boycott the new park-and-ride service in Brislington after ongoing complaints from frustrated passengers.
So far 330 people have signed a petition against the current performance on the 904, claiming it has been running late and is overcrowded.
The problems have developed since London-based transport operator CT Plus took over from First Bus last month.

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By Tom Morris

Commuters have become so disillusioned with the “disastrous” new park and ride at Brislington that they are “resigning” from using it.
London-based transport operator CT Plus took over the running of the 904 service from First last month.
But after numerous problems a petition has been set up by passengers who have described it as a “cattle train.”

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By Mike Ribbeck, Business Editor / m.ribbeck@bepp.co.uk

MORE than 120 businesses and local organisations are backing the controversial bendy bus scheme for Bristol.

Five bids for funding for transport schemes in the Bristol area have been lodged with the Government.

As part of the £200 million package a rapid transit system would be created in Bristol.

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

A transport campaign group is calling on the government to refuse Bristol City Council  £28 million of funding for the South Bristol Link.

The council submitted its final funding bid for three major transport schemes on Friday, including the £50 million Ashton Vale-to-

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By Rachel Gardner / r.gardner@bepp.co.uk

Bristol’s Labour and Tory groups have told council leaders they do not approve of plans for new taxes on city businesses to fund its controversial bendy-bus scheme.

Both groups submitted statements to the ruling Liberal Democrat cabinet voicing their disapproval of plans to use the new taxes on businesses to help meet a £42-million shortfall in the scheme.

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By Bristol city councillor Tim Kent on the bendy bus schemes

THE choice for Bristol couldn’t be more stark. Condemn another generation of commuters to the misery of rush-hour congestion – and employers to millions of pounds in costs and lost income as the traffic jams lengthen – or join with the city council in seeking a solution.

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

BRISTOL City Council will have to borrow £37 million to help pay for the bendy bus schemes.

It is understood the huge loan will take a quarter of a century to pay off.  The real cost of the city’s bus rapid transit schemes could also be far higher than previously thought because of the interest on that loan.

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By Mike Ribbeck and Sam Rkaina

Bosses and company leaders in Bristol have given a near unanimous thumbs down to  plans to tax businesses to help pay for its controversial £200 million bendy-bus scheme.

As reported in yesterday’s Evening Post the city council is looking at charging firms for providing staff with parking spaces to help fill a £42 million hole in the budget for its Rapid Transit System.

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By Mike Ribbeck, Business Editor / m.ribbeck@bepp.co.uk

BUSINESSES in Bristol face new taxes to help meet a £42 million shortfall in the controversial bendy bus scheme, the Evening Post can reveal.
Councillors will impose either a levy which would see firms charged £1 per day for every car parking space they provide for staff or an increase in business rates.

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By Tim Kent, Bristol City Council executive member for transport 

I felt it important to answer some of the points that have been made about our proposals for Bus Rapid Transit and to make it clear why we believe that Bristol needs this scheme.

Many people have commented about the need for more investment in rail and a better service on our urban rail network.
We agree. We need more investment, at least a 30-minute service to all our stations and an expansion to new stations.

But we cannot ignore the other transport problems nor think rail can solve all our transport needs.

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