New group starts work fighting Bristol's transport woes

Bristol city centre is often gridlocked
Image caption Congestion in Bristol city centre

The mayor of Bristol has vowed to improve traffic flow in the city with a new congestion task group.

Bus company directors, cycling representatives and business leaders are among those taking part.

The group will create a "city centre movement strategy" and set new targets on predicted journey times.

"Nothing is off the table" said mayor Marvin Rees. "A quick fix is not the answer...I want a transport solution and so do the people of Bristol."


The first meeting of the task group will take place on Tuesday.

Traffic jams have long been a problem in Bristol and various schemes have tried to fix the problem over the years.

In 2003, a planned tram system was shelved amid disagreements between two councils, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

A railway loop connecting Filton with Avonmouth was also dropped in 2015 in favour of a railway spur line instead.

Work is continuing on a bus rapid transport system, called Metrobus, with services starting in Autumn 2017.

The next major roadwork scheme - to remove the gyratory system at Temple Gate, next to Temple Meads railway station - begins shortly.

Image copyright Bristol City Council
Image caption The old gyratory system at Temple Gate will be removed for a traffic-controlled junction.

On BBC Points West's Facebook page, a variety of suggestions to improve traffic flow have been put forward.

Liz Read suggested a congestion charge similar to London, while Dan White wrote "build a time machine, go back to 2001 and make sure that the trams were built."

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