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New drive for electric vehicles BRISTOL’S cabinet has approved two proposals designed to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles. Both have been made possible thanks to £7 million funding from the Department for Transport’s Office for Electric Vehicles (OLEV) and are designed to help improve air quality in the city whilst also delivering on the Mayor’s commitment to ensure that the whole city is powered by clean energy by 2050. New electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Bristol and the West of England region as part of the Go Ultra Low West project. The council will aim to manage and operate a network of 400 charging points across the area. As part of the project the cabinet also approved a proposal to update any council vehicles which are over 10 years old to reduce air pollution and save money on running and maintenance costs. Fifty of these will be electric vehicles, funded by OLEV. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a great opportunity for the council to lead the way in improving air quality in the short term and make progress towards our long term aim to make Bristol a city that is run on clean energy. “Not only do these proposals improve our environment they also make good economic sense. Updating our own fleet, for example, is saving us money with maintenance and running costs."

January, 2018

Plea on Henbury Loop DARREN Jones MP has urged the West of England mayor, Tim Bowles, to spend an £80 million new transport pot on establishing the case for the city's Henbury Loop line to be re-opened to passengers. A recent Department for Transport rail strategy gave its support to establishing more local railway lines, including routes to Portishead and the 'Henbury Spur' line, linking Ashley Down, Filton and Henbury to Temple Meads, due to complete in 2021. Campaigners have argued for a loop to be used instead of a spur, so that the new passenger route could be extended past Henbury to Avonmouth and the Severn Beach line. Darren Jones spoke of his continued support for inner-city rail, alongside a fully integrated transport system, in Bristol North West, stating: “There is welcome housing development on the northern fringes of the city but to prevent total gridlock in Bristol North West, we need to ensure not just the Henbury Spur, but the full Henbury Loop, is progressed. “I have called upon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport to work with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Mayor, Tim Bowles, to guarantee an independent study into the Henbury Loop Line. WECA needs to commit to using some of the additional £80m transport funding to bring forward an independent business case study for this vital infrastructure project.” The Metro Mayor said that Bristol City Council has already commissioned a study into potential future enhancements to MetroWest and suburban rail services in the West of England and that until the study was finished, the focus remained on delivering the Henbury spur line as part of the MetroWest Phase 2 project.

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Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.