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'Rapid transit' plans are backed

The route to Temple Meads is costing 48m

Plans for a "rapid transport" bus route between Ashton Vale and Bristol Temple Meads railway station have taken another step forward.

Councillors from Bristol City and North Somerset have backed the proposals and, if approved by the government, construction could start by 2011.

Ten percent of the 48m cost will come from planning agreements and the Joint Local Transport Plan.

The remainder is subject to a bid to the Department of Transport.

'Walking route'

Bristol City Council said the route is designed to link-up with bus services from North Somerset.

It is hoped this will reduce the number of shoppers and commuters travelling to the city by car.

There are also plans for a dedicated vehicle-free route linking the park-and-ride at Long Ashton with the city centre.

Work on an environmental impact assessment has already started.

This assessment will ensure potential impacts from construction and operation of the scheme are understood and reduced as far as possible, the council says.

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