Regional Leaders Applaud the Arrival of Metrobus
Business, cultural and education leaders applauded the arrival of the m3, the first route to go live on the £230m rapid transit Metrobus service, and see it as a major driver of future public transport developments and service improvements.
Kathryn Davis, Head of Marketing at Destination Bristol, said: “Metrobus has the effect of shrinking the region, bringing places closer together so it’s much easier for our domestic and international visitors to get around. This is good news for our tourism economy which is worth some £1.33bn in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.”
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), commented: “Metrobus is the beginning of something to build upon. Our students have been asking for this type of development and it presents a real opportunity to change behaviours.”
Tom Beasley, Head of Bristol & Bath Science Park, said that the development would bring benefits to its tenants and the wider tech community: “Metrobus will cement links with Universities and tech clusters around the city such as Unit DX and the Engine shed.”
James Durie, Chief Executive at the Bristol Chamber & West of England Initiative at Business West, added: “m3 marks a significant step forward in public transport provision for this city region and metrobus as a whole, when fully operational, will help support its future growth and development by helping to better connect people with their places of work and learning. After many years of work it is great to see it now up and running.
“It is also fitting that the launch has taken place at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, one of our significant employment areas which is continuing to grow. However, this route and service is one of many steps this city region is taking to increase and improve mobility which helps tackle congestion and supports our economy. This is something business have long asked for, helped to bring about and want to see more of – and as soon as possible.”
Ann O’Driscoll, Director at North Bristol SusCom, said: “Our local businesses are looking forward to the launch of the m3 Metrobus service particularly in light of the Severn bridge toll removal, which will add to congestion in the northern fringe of the city region. It has delivered new bus stop infrastructure along a key transport corridor and will link city centre residents to major employment locations in Emersons Green.
“Metrobus is an important part of a much larger integrated transport vision for the West of England that hopefully will see major investment in mass transit, additional Metrobus services, new train stations, an improved bus network, segregated cycle tracks and much better facilities for pedestrians.
“We can’t leave tackling congestion just up to then Councils though. As individuals, we all have to play our part in reducing congestion by thinking about how we move around the area and swapping the car for a bus, a bike or our own two feet sometimes.”