Cash splashed on the buses

PUBLISHED: 05:23 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 24 May 2010

MILLIONS of pounds will be ploughed into creating a trailblazing bus route connecting Weston to Bristol. The Government has handed over more than £40million to create the Greater Bristol Bus Network in a bid to put an end to the gloom commuters face tryin

MILLIONS of pounds will be ploughed into creating a trailblazing bus route connecting Weston to Bristol.The Government has handed over more than £40million to create the Greater Bristol Bus Network in a bid to put an end to the gloom commuters face trying to get from Weston to Bristol.A state-of-the-art 'showcase' bus route with dedicated bus lanes and modern low-floor buses will be created along the A370 as part of the network over the next four years.Currently, journey times on the commuter route almost double during rush hour periods and it is hoped the new service will provide more buses which will be able to get from place to place quicker. In turn, the Government hopes drivers will be persuaded to hop on the bus rather than clog up the roads with cars. Cyclists will also be able to use the bus lanes.Bus stops with 'real-time' electronic information on timetables could also be put up along the route.The £43million handed over for the project was part of a £951million grant given to councils and organisations in the South West for transport projects across the region.

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