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

A FUNDING bid for £25 million of changes to Greater Bristol’s transport network has been shortlisted by the government.

The four local authorities have submitted the bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which aims to make transport more environmentally friendly.

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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, Local Government Reporter

GREATER Bristol is more interested in carrying out rail studies than actually reopening stations, according to a rail expert.

Former London Rail boss Ian Brown has published a study for the Railway Development Society, which looks at investment in local rail services.

 

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

Bristol’s Liberal Democrats have agreed to a series of concessions to opposition parties in order to keep control of the city council.

Here we look at what they have agreed, and what they haven’t.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

THE Liberal Democrats have retained control of Bristol City Council after making a series of concessions to opposition parties.

A vote yesterday confirmed that the current ruling group will continue as a minority administration, despite losing overall control of the authority at the May 5 elections.

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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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THE Government has held out hope to motorists that the long-discussed plans for a link road to connect the M4 and the Avon Ring Road could be revived.

Transport Minister Norman Baker told MPs there was no way it could happen in the current spending round but encouraged them to get campaigning in preparation for the next transport funding settlement in 2015.

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore

Kingswood Conservative MP Chris Skidmore, who secured a Parliamentary debate on the issue at Westminster Hall yesterday, insisted “the need for transport infrastructure is greater than ever before” around Emersons Green.

As well as the burgeoning population, which is set to expand by a further 3,000 after the creation of a new housing estate, the development of the Bristol Science Park means the area will be a magnet for international investors.

“Currently corporate inward investors from across the globe are considering investing in the Bristol and Bath Science Park,” Mr Skidmore said. “For international companies, transport links to the Science Park are vital, particularly to Heathrow. “Above all, they can see visiting the Science Park that the M4 is but a stone’s throw away.”

Mr Baker said the road had not been ruled out indefinitely but campaigners would need to address the conclusions of a report carried out by government officials in 2006 that said the link road was not needed.

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