Bus lane controversy

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 25 May 2010

PUBLIC transport users may find they have a faster journey to their destination with the introduction of a new bus lane on the A370.

PUBLIC transport users may find they have a faster journey to their destination with the introduction of a new bus lane on the A370.

The proposed change would take place on Silver Moor Lane, outside Puxton Park, and would run along the road for about 200m, stopping just short of the motorway roundabout.

The idea is part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network and would involve removing the central reservation to create space for the new bus lane on the inside, while keeping two lanes for other traffic. The kerbs would also change and a cycle path would be introduced.

Members of the public have until Dec 12 to make any comments and if it gets the green light, work would start at the end of January.

Yatton resident George Locker said: "Where there is frequent bus and taxi usage, I fully agree that these lanes serve a useful purpose.

"In the case of the one proposed on the A370 between Silver Moor Lane and Junction 21 I see very little merit.

"With the X1 service operating only twice an hour and three others once an hour, I see no reason why three buses per hour should have preference over the hundreds of cars and other vehicles using this particular stretch of road."

However, North Somerset Council's highways chief, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, says the changes will mean buses will run more efficiently and he believes the alteration would not impact on other traffic.


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