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Thursday, 25 October, 2001, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Road tolls option for city
tram mock up
Trams are one of the solutions proposed for Bristol
Traffic experts may call for motorists to be made to pay to drive into Bristol.

Road tolls during the rush-hour are one of the options being discussed at a forum in the city.

Average speeds across the city have dropped to just 11mph at peak times.

The resulting delays are estimated to cost businesses 50m a year in lost time.

Traffic experts were discussing solutions on Thursday.

Bristol underpass
500,000 vehicles cross Bristol each week day
One option they were expected to consider was introducing more school buses.

Bus use in Bristol is among the lowest in Britain.

There has also been a recent proposal to create a new link road through north Somerset. The road would link the M4 and M5.

The final section of the Avon ring road has only just opened.

A consultation has been launched to guage opinion on the idea.

Half a million vehicles cross Bristol every working day.

The floating harbour is responsible for much of the city's problems. It restricts traffic to only a few crossing points in a large part of the urban centre.

Easing congestion

Traffic problems were made worse last month when the swing bridge near the Industrial Museum temporarily jammed open.

One aim of the talks is to meet a new government target of reducing traffic by 20%.

Past attempts to ease congestion have included running commuter services on the city's distinctive fleet of yellow wooden ferries.

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