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

Bristol City Council is carrying out an investigation after it “forgot” to build a bus lane on a busy bridge in Redcliffe.

The council completed £129,000 of alterations to Redcliffe Bridge earlier this year, reducing the four traffic lanes to three and installing a two way-cycle path. But the finished work was not the same as the plans that had been consulted on.

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

BRISTOL’S biggest transport company said it wants to run the city’s controversial bendy bus scheme on one condition – the buses are not bendy.

First Bus has been holding talks with the city council about coming on board as operator of the planned rapid transit scheme and is prepared to invest just under  £7 million in the project.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

FIRST Bus has revealed its latest list of service changes, with some journeys cut, some added and some saved.

The timetable changes are due to come into effect on September 4 and affect a range of bus routes across the city.

A number of early morning, evening and Sunday journeys have been cut, with the service 4 Centre to Downend, the 6 Centre to Kingswood and the 20 Southmead to Hengrove among those affected.

On some routes journeys will run less frequently, including the 36 Centre to Withywood, and on others routes have been altered in an attempt to make them run more reliably.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

BRISTOL City Council is going to have another look at £129,000 of changes to a busy bridge in Redcliffe after theyproved unpopular.

The bridge on Redcliffe Way between the church and the Severnshed restaurant has been reduced from four lanes to three as part of the £22 million Cycling City project.

One of the lanes heading towards St Mary Redcliffe Church has been replaced with a two way cyclist lane, but alterations have also been made to the pavement and curbs that weren’t in the original plans.

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Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

FIRST has agreed to pick up the cost of a number of bus journeys previously supported by the tax-payer that were at risk of being axed.

Bristol City Council says the move will save the authority £500,000, a large chunk of the £2.2 million of savings it needs to make on transport due to a budget shortfall.

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By Dominic Harris

SHOP owners in Westbury- on-Trym say they are facing “financial ruin” because of council work to revamp bus routes.

Traders on Canford Lane claim income has dropped by up to 80 per cent since work started three weeks ago, as part of the £70 million Greater Bristol Bus Network scheme.

They have accused Bristol City Council of trampling on small businesses to help private bus companies.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

A CITY councillor claims bus operator First isn’t disabled friendly – after missing three buses in as many weeks.

Bishopsworth councillor Richard Eddy uses a four-wheeled walker or crutches to aid his mobility since he was struck by Guillain-Barre syndrome last year.

The condition causes temporary paralysis, and Mr Eddy has found catching certain bus services much more difficult since he developed a disability.

While trying to catch the 76 from the city centre, he says drivers have been unable to spot waiting passengers due to parked buses obscuring the view and passengers have been forced to access vehicles stopping in the middle of the road.

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