TRESA response to Bristol Transport Strategy

Totterdown residents are urged to give their views on the draft Bristol Transport Strategy. The current draft document largely ignores the problems we experience along the Wells Road through our local centre.

The more voices that can speak up for Totterdown, the better. TRESA has submitted the following response.

Totterdown Residents Environmental & Social Action (TRESA) community interest company: Comments on draft Bristol Transport strategy

We welcome a Bristol Transport Strategy and much of its contents. However, we would like to make the following points in relation to Totterdown and the Wells Road corridor which we feel have not been given sufficient recognition as a local centre.

We also have concerns about the number of high-density developments that are being proposed in the surrounding areas that will put a severe strain on the road network. This also has an impact on air quality in our neighbourhood and on key transport corridors into the city centre.

TRESA welcomes measures that will reduce dependency on individual car use and supports measures to increase and enhance sustainable transport modes including walking, cycling and public transport.

We would like to make the following specific points in relation to the draft document:

P9. Please include a sentence to indicate that the employment opportunities in local centres are also recognised and will be supported.

P21. ‘Housing’ should mention the percentage of affordable housing, not just the total number of houses.

P26. The importance of walking as a mode of transport for people living in the most deprived areas should be highlighted in the text and not just in the table. At the moment the importance of safe walking routes for people in more disadvantaged communities is not mentioned.

P32. Reliable journeys. Clear bus lanes are important to enable faster and more reliable journeys. This requires a coherent network of bus lanes, as well as efficient and regular enforcement action when they are blocked or misused.

P36. Stakeholder engagement. The results of the reviews of Residents Parking Zones should be included here as ‘RPZ evaluation reports’.

P45. Totterdown has a problem with heavy lorries travelling down the Wells Road and ‘through’ the city. The problems include the impact on residents’ health as a result of long lines of stationary traffic with engines running during peak times. Through journeys should be avoided rather than trying to make them more efficient.

P62. Outcome #11. The Wells Road is an important transport corridor and should be included here. Please add the following text: “A4 connecting to A37 from the Temple area to the Southern­­ Fringe. The development of Temple Quarter offers an opportunity to improve the pedestrian route over Bath Road bridge, across Three Lamps junction and along the Wells Road through Totterdown and Knowle to Hengrove and connecting with the A4174 ring road. This is a key route between the southern fringe and Temple Meads railway station.”

P62. 2nd column. Pedestrians regularly walk the unpleasant route along the Wells Road/Bath Road into the city centre. This route is also substandard for cyclists and badly needs improvement. Please add the following points for improvements: “Explore and deliver enhanced walking routes to provide direct, continuous and safe walking routes along key corridors.” And “Explore and deliver continuous and safe cycle routes along key corridors.”

P64. Local Centres, opening paragraph. Please add the A37 Wells Road to read: “The A37 Wells Road serves the local centres of Totterdown and Knowle and is a key transport corridor between south Bristol and the Temple area.”

P66. Please include: “Explore Residents Parking Zones in areas where unregulated parking is causing problems for local residents.” This may include excessive commuter parking, parking on pavements, inaccessible dropped curbs, parking on yellow lines. This issue can then be further explored in the forthcoming Parking Strategy.

P67.  Please add: “Deliver and Enable improvements to road crossings to improve pedestrian safety and enable residents of all ages and abilities to access their neighbourhood, including safe routes to school.”

P68. The requirement that Residents Parking Zones (RPZs) will only be extended where there is demand from residents is unnecessarily restrictive. It does not reflect the experience in Bristol’s neighbourhoods where there were initial objections from residents, but recent reviews indicate RPZs are accepted and work well. The wording of this point should be changed to state: “Explore the implementation of Residents Parking Schemes.” This issue could then be considered in more detail in the forthcoming Parking Strategy.

On behalf of TRESA committee of directors, 27 October 2018