Final days to have your say on proposed bus, cycling and walking improvements

Illustration of bus stop with cyclist and pedestrians

Everyone who lives, works, or travels along the number 2 bus route is being reminded to have their say on proposed improvements before the consultation closes on 28 January.

Since the start of December Bristol residents have been considering a series of proposed improvements to the number 2 bus route, known as the A37 to the A4018, which goes from Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood via the city centre.

The proposals form part of a wider transformation by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority over the next decade to make Bristol’s transport network better for all.

The climate emergency and Bristol’s 2030 carbon neutral targets mean that radical changes are needed to the road network that will transform bus travel and encourage cycling and walking.

Residents, businesses, commuters and people who travel along the number 2 bus route are being reminded to give their views on detailed designs and proposals before the consultation comes to a close towards the end of the month.   

It follows public engagement last year, where the council invited everyone to give their feedback on what improvements are needed along the A37 and A4018.

The detailed proposals for the number 2 bus route look to achieve: 

  • bus infrastructure enhancements to help buses move quickly through the traffic
  • improved journey times and reliability 
  • better pedestrian spaces, which provide safe crossing points and attractive streetscapes
  • reallocation of road space for cyclists to make it easier and safer to cycle

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet member for Transport, said:

Profile of Cllr Don Alexander

We’re working to transform Bristol’s transport network, ease congestion, reduce carbon and improve our air quality by introducing quicker and more reliable bus travel and improved walking and cycling routes.

It’s great to see so many people have already had their say on our community-informed designs, and we’re eager for even more people to get involved to make sure the proposals are right for the city. 

We are particularly interested to hear your thoughts on our plans for The Triangle and Park Street, and the junction at West Town Lane and roads such as Hazelbury Road, David’s Street and Mowbray Road.

We’re also keen for views on Park Street Avenue and Berkeley Avenue, as well as Holmes Grove, Henleaze Gardens, Lake Road and Parry’s Lane, as these roads could potentially be closed to traffic. 

Our plans don’t include pedestrianising Park Street. However, we are proposing to prevent through traffic which would then access Park Street via St George’s Road, while use by buses and HGVs would continue.

Councillor Don Alexander Cabinet member for Transport, Bristol City Council

The proposed designs can be accessed on the Travelwest website, along with further information and details of a series of drop-in information sessions continuing across the city in the north, south and central sections of the A37 and A4018. 

The council is also asking for views on proposed improvements to Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street. This associated consultation seeks feedback on proposals which aim to support local businesses to stay and thrive by increasing the number of pedestrians, and manage traffic flow and reduce pollution in the area around Park Row. The online survey for this consultation can be found on the council’s consultation website.

If you do not have access to the internet and would like a paper copy of the information and survey, write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE.

You can also email or call 0117 9036449 to leave a message with your request.