A civilised city is one in which it is easy and convenient to live without owning a car and in which motorists are prepared to accept restrictions on their car use for the benefit of the environment and local communities. Bristol has a long way to go but you can play a part in helping us get there.

Bristol Friends of the Earth has two very active transport campaigns.

Transport for Greater Bristol Manifesto
We are part of the Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance group which has drawn up a Transport Manifesto for Greater Bristol containing those transport and planning policies which we believe will increase the use of the modes of transport which are alternatives to the car.

To view the Manifesto, see the list of groups that endorse the Manifesto and get details of the campaign so far, go to: http://uk.geocities.com/transportforbristol

The Alliance has two short term current aims

  1. The creation of a Transport Authority for Greater Bristol
  2. The creation of a Bristol City Council cross-party working group to look at ways of increasing funding for public transport in the region.

Both individuals and groups can  support our campaign for a Transport Authority for Greater Bristol, by signing our e-petition at www.bristol.gov.uk/item/epetitionview.html?
 which runs until 31st May and then will be submitted to the council.

Campaign against the construction of the South Bristol Ring Road
We are a member group of the Alliance against the South Bristol Ring Road which comprises groups of residents living in the affected areas and South Bristol who oppose the road. There are currently groups opposed to the road in Long Ashton, Hartcliffe, Southville/Bedminster, Whitchurch, Stockwood.

This proposed dual carriageway is in three sections Phase 1 Long Ashton Park and Ride Site to roundabout near Kings Head Lane, Phase 2 Kings Head Lane to Hengrove roundabout. The route for Phase 3 may not be definitely decided before Phase 1 and 2 (which would be built together) are built but it then becomes the only remaining missing link. The route Phase 3 that has so far appeared in traffic studies runs through Hartcliffe along Hawkfield Road, along the slopes of Dundy behind Whitchurch, through the open countryside by Stockwood and meets the current Ring Road roundabout at Hicks Gate. An alternative might be to ugrade the existing Airport and Callington Roads. Another possibility would be Whitchurch Lane.

The total route is 8/9 miles and runs approximately half in the Green belt and half through the urban areas of Highridge, Withywood and Hartcliffe. The current estimated cost of the road is £140 million before any preliminary costings have been done. We believe that the final cost of the road is likely to be in the region of about £400 million and improving public transport in South Bristol would be a far better way of spending this money. The Alliance is setting up a transport group which will produce alternatives to the SBRR which do not destroy the environment of South Bristol and sever local communities.

As at March 2007, Bristol City Council are appointing private consultants to do preliminary studies on the road. Public consultation will take place in 2008 and a bid for approval submitted to the Government in 2009. It is proposed that the road should be built in 2011/12/13.

For more details and to join the Alliance, go to www.southbristolringroad.co.uk.

If you wish to get involved or require further information on either of these two campaigns, please come to a meeting of Bristol FOE (2nd Thursday of each month 7.30pm- details of location on home page)