Metrobus Update - Travel West

New MetroBus road remembers much-loved teacher

Part of the South Bristol Link will be named after a much-loved Bristol teacher. Anton Bantock Way will run parallel with Gatehouse Avenue, between Hareclive Road and Queen’s Road in Hartcliffe and Withywood. The road is named after Anton Bantock who passed away in 2015. Anton taught at Bedminster Down School and had a passion for learning and helping people to reach their true potential. He travelled the world by bicycle and public transport. After retirement, Anton founded the University of Withywood to offer local people further education opportunities. The University of Withywood became a registered charity in 1995 and supported the education of hundreds of architects, doctors, teachers and medical specialists. The charity also funded a tuition and tailoring centre in India, a medical clinic in Ghana and a school in Cameroon. In 2003 Anton was given an MBE for services to the community, especially education in south Bristol. How MetroBus and the South Bristol Link will benefit local people MetroBus will improve transport links to educational opportunities for people living in South Bristol by making it easier to travel to the University of the West of England (UWE), the South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove and the City of Bristol College. MetroBus journeys from Hengrove Park to UWE are forecast to be 27 minutes quicker than existing bus services. With its direct routes MetroBus will make it easier and quicker to travel to jobs in the north of the city. This is especially critical for low income or less skilled workers, who are less likely to have access to a car. These people usually qualify for a narrower range of jobs which are often scattered across a large area. MetroBus will be important for young people aged 17-20. This age group rely on public transport more than any other and make almost twice as many bus trips as any other age group. For most young people, who do not have a full driving licence, MetroBus will provide easy access to education, work, training opportunities and a social life. The South Bristol Link is expected to reduce traffic on unsuitable residential roads by providing motorists with an alternative route to the A370 and A38. There will be new cycling and walking paths along all 4.5kms of the South Bristol Link. The paths will link to Festival Way, the Malago Greenway cycleways and Ashton Court. The new road is expected to open in the New Year with MetroBus services starting in Autumn 2017.

Winterstoke Road bridge will be in place in December

Winterstoke Road in South Bristol will be closed for one weekend in December for the construction of a new bridge for MetroBus. A full closure of Winterstoke Road from the Ashton Gate Underpass to the roundabout with Barons Close/Wedlock Way will take place from 8pm Saturday 3 December to 8pm Sunday 4 December. Our website has more information about the construction works for the bridge and a plan of the diversions for the first weekend and the subsequent weekends. About the bridge The MetroBus-only bridge will ensure services are rapid and reliable by avoiding Winterstoke Road and the Cumberland Basin where congestion is forecast to increase in the coming years.

Get on your bike and ride the new South Bristol Link!

You can help celebrate the opening of the South Bristol Link by dressing up as Santa and joining a mass participation, family-friendly ride on Sunday 18 December. The ride starts at 11am from the Gatehouse Centre in Bishopsworth. The ride goes along the 4.5km long South Bristol Link, continuing along the Festival Way cycle path into Ashton Court where all cyclists will receive a minced pie and a drink. The ride will take place before the South Bristol Link opens to motorists in the New Year. It's free to take part and you can register via the Better By Bike website.

MetroBus trainee wins award

Abigail Sims works on the South Bristol Link MetroBus scheme and has been named South West Trainee Quantity Surveyor of the year by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). Abigail lives in Bristol, studies at the University of the West of England and was appointed by Alun Griffiths through their Community Benefits Plan. The plan was designed by North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and Alun Griffiths to promote local employment and development. Starting work on the South Bristol Link scheme in July 2015, Abigail impressed everyone at the company and quickly played a key role in the £24m project. Abigail’s success has led the company to sponsor her for the final year of her Quantity Surveying Commercial Management degree. Simon Dunn, Area Project's Manager at Alun Griffiths said: "Abigail’s award is great proof that MetroBus is delivering more than just the work that can be seen out on site." Abigail added: “I feel humbled to have won the award and am very grateful to the people at Griffiths for their support. This is a great industry with huge opportunities and I would certainly recommend it to other young women.”

Half-term activity afternoon

M Shed is hosting a free MetroBus activity afternoon on Thursday 27 October from 1pm to 4pm. During the afternoon there will be activities to keep youngsters occupied and things to take home. There will also be a Lego building competition.

Community food project thank MetroBus contractors

MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths have helped a community food growing project in Bristol. Alun Griffiths donated 40 tonnes of stone sub base to Feed Bristol in Frenchay. 40 tonnes is the equivalent weight of four single decker buses each filled with 60 passengers. Feed Bristol are using the stone to improve the footpaths on their site which is next to Alun Griffiths' compound. Feed Bristol is part of the Avon Wildlife Trust. The food project encourages people across Bristol to access and value the natural world by teaching them how to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods. The project supports community groups and schools and promotes health, wellbeing and education through outdoor activities.

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