Cheaper to use Hotwell Road
WITH reference to the report "Route decision was disastrous" (Bristol Post September 12), it is true that campaigners believe the route, chosen by the mayor George Ferguson, is disastrous.
That route was chosen for BRT2, i.e., Bus Rapid Transit route two. MetroBus should have moved on from the very expensive BRT2 and BRT3. BRT2, which the mayor is allowing, albeit on a slightly changed route along Cumberland Road, goes to a proposed housing estate near Long Ashton. Thus North Somerset could benefit from a dedicated road paid for by the taxpayers of Bristol, but of no benefit to Bristolians.
The Post's report gave the impression that the campaigners' preferred route would cost £49 million. That is the cost of the BRT2 route along Cumberland Road. The campaigners' proposed use of Hotwell Road would cost Bristol's taxpayers much less than that. It would employ modern traffic signalling which would not cost anywhere near £49 million and permit improved access from the Portway. It would also, unlike BRT2, take bus passengers to places they want to go. The BRT element should be dropped from MetroBus . The £196 million that the West of England Partnership of councils in the Avon sub-region intends to spend would be better spent on a proper MetroBus system integrated with the MetroWest rail scheme; not on the two third world BRT routes they are currently forcing through, the least justifiable of which is BRT2.
All The South Party