The proposal has been made by the West of England Partnership (WEP) which is comprised the unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire plus a range of social, economic and environmental partners. It is part of a plan to tackle the problem of traffic congestion in the Greater Bristol urban area by encouraging motorists out of their cars and onto alternative modes of transport, ironically, including bicycles.
One of the eight new proposed bus routes would take commuters out of Bristol city centre towards Long Ashton and would involve using a former railway bridge near the Create Centre currently accessible only to cyclists and pedestrians.
The WEP has already felt the wrath of local cyclists after it floated the idea of building a BRT on part of the
Speaking about the latest proposal, a WEP spokesperson told the Bristol Evening Post: "It's not the fixed or the final route, it's one of the routes being considered. What normally happens in these processes is that the most expensive route is looked at and other routes are also worked up.
"It's one of the routes which could be consulted on in the future.”