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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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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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By Ian Onions, Political Editor

PLANS for a new tram system in Bristol have come off the rails.

A report by council experts and consultants says it would not be as good as the bendybus scheme, which is already on the table.

Members of the consortium who are promoting the tram met with cabinet councillor Tim Kent and council officials yesterday.

Afterwards, consortium chairman James Skinner said he was extremely disappointed that hopes of a tram appeared to be over.

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