Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group.
With 36,000 employees, we provide the infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth.
Balfour Beatty are building the main route between the Park & Ride and Whapping Wharf on Cumberland Road. Other contractors are being procured for the remainder of the route into the city, as well as Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge and Bathurst Basin bridge.
The works include a 2.5km guided busway, and include a new bridge over the Portishead freight line.
MetroBus is part of 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.
Similar schemes to MetroBus are planned or in operation in Manchester, Leeds, Swansea, Cambridge, Belfast, Dublin, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden and Australia.
Schemes like MetroBus are designed to fit in between local bus and rail travel, providing rapid and reliable journeys to destinations not easily reached by rail.
Construction on the MetroBus network started in early 2015. The first services are expected to start operating in late 2016.
Bristol City Council is the lead local authority on the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus scheme.
MetroBus is part of a bigger £400 million programme of sustainable transport improvements in the West of England city region which will link areas of housing and economic growth, provide greener and better alternatives to travelling by car and as a result reduce traffic congestion and air pollution levels.
It was Bristol’s commitment to sustainable initiatives, including MetroBus, which helped the city win European Green Capital 2015. Providing high quality public transport, through schemes like MetroBus, is the only way of attracting large numbers of people to leave their cars at home.
Below is a small descirption of each company and their roles on the AVTM Metrobus project.
The Department for Transport (DfT) are responsible for providing policy, guidance, and funding to English local authorities to help them run and maintain their road networks, improve passenger and freight travel, and develop new major transport schemes.
The DfT aim to make our roads less congested and polluted by funding new public transport schemes and promoting lower carbon transport, including cycling and walking.
The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route is part of the wider MetroBus network. MetroBus is a significant £200 million investment in public transport in the West of England region with the Department for Transport contributing £113.2 million.
Employee-owned CH2M is a global engineering and programme management company, employing over 25,000 people worldwide. CH2M’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources and is currently working on some of the most iconic infrastructure projects in Europe, including Crossrail and High Speed 2.
Along with our client partners, we have been associated with the Bristol MetroBus Ashton Vale to Temple Meads project from its inception in 2007, through the comprehensive planning process including a Public Inquiry and Transport and Works Act Order, to the award of construction contracts.
Currently we are supporting Bristol City Council with construction contract administration and design review duties in the final phase of the scheme. This will realise the procurement of the guided busway element of Bristol’s MetroBus project, an exciting new part of Bristol’s transportation network, enabling rapid 21st Century public transport whilst encouraging a modal transport shift from private cars to public transport, cycling, and walking, aligned with Bristol City’s 2015 European Green Capital status.