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Metrobus is a new express bus service that started operating in the West of England in 2018.

It is a joint project between Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, and South Gloucestershire Council.

Metrobus is a form of high capacity rapid public transport found in urban areas. It’s a smarter way of travelling that uses a combination of segregated busways and bus lanes.

Schemes like Metrobus are designed to fit between bus and rail travel, providing rapid and reliable journeys to destinations not easily reached by rail. Full details can be found on the Travelwest website under Metrobus.

North Fringe to Hengrove scheme

The North Fringe to Hengrove Metrobus rapid transport scheme (NFHP) is one of three Metrobus schemes in the Bristol area. The other two schemes include the South Bristol Link and Ashton Vale to Temple Meads.

The North Fringe to Hengrove Metrobus bus rapid transport scheme (NFHP) links areas of housing and economic growth in the North and East Fringe of the Bristol urban area, with a major regeneration area in South Bristol via Bristol City Centre. It will provide a fast, frequent and reliable public transport service using bus priority measures and new infrastructure including a new bus-only junction onto the M32.

The scheme is being promoted by South Gloucestershire and Bristol City councils; a bid for match funding was submitted to the Department for Transport, which was approved in principle in December 2011, it is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2018.

Full details can be found on the Travelwest website.

Stoke Gifford Transport Link

Members of the council’s Development Control West committee granted planning permission for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link in September 2013.

The mile-long route will run between Parkway North Roundabout at Stoke Gifford and the A4174 Ring Road at Harry Stoke near the M32 and will improve transport links between Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and the A4174. It will also improve links to the motorway network and alleviate pressure on the surrounding roads.

The new link road will include bus stops, bus lanes for Metrobus and local bus services and two new bridges, a pedestrian and cycle path on its western side.

As well as reducing congestion and enhancing public transport links in the area, the route will play a key role in supporting future economic development in the North Fringe area. It will also provide a vital link between new housing developments in nearby Harry Stoke, and local employment opportunities and services. Metrobus Services will also use this route.

Work on the £14 million scheme began in August 2015 by contractors Griffiths and was completed and opened to traffic in December 2017, the road will be officially known as Rosedown Avenue.

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