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Bus lane scheme hits the buffers

Drawing showing a bus using the route alongside the cycle path
Sustrans described the proposal as "right idea, wrong route"

A plan to build bus lanes alongside the Bristol to Bath cycle path has been scrapped.

A protest meeting about the controversial scheme had been due to take place on Sunday.

Councillors now want to press ahead with plans for a Rapid Bus Transport Scheme to run from the city centre to Long Ashton.

Mark Bradshaw from Bristol City Council said it would now be focusing on other priorities.

More than 9,500 people signed a petition against the proposal.

Under the plans, a three-mile stretch between Lawrence Hill and Emerson's Green would have been altered to house a "rapid transit" bus lane.

At the time, sustainable transport charity Sustrans said the route, which is used for 2.4 million walking and cycling trips annually, was the "right idea, wrong route".

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