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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 Dan Evans

A FLURRY of hands marked the passionate start of a campaign to reopen Saltford railway station.

More than 120 people gathered at Saltford Hall last nightTUE in near unanimous support for the drive by Saltford Environment Group.

The station, which opened in 1841, was closed in 1970 and the buildings alongside the A4 demolished.

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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, Local Government Reporter

BRISTOL City Council’s criticised hydrogen ferry scheme has won an award – before it’s even up and running.

Bristol Hydrogen Boats has won the first ever Environmental Innovation of the Year award from the industry website SustainableShipping.com.

The Award recognises Bristol Hydrogen Boats for their “pioneering work to deliver tangible environmental benefits and solutions through the development of the UK’s first hydrogen ferry”.

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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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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

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 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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