"Needs to happen ASAP" plea over alternative Bristol Underground plan

"Needs to happen ASAP" plea over alternative Bristol Underground plan -Credit:Getty Images Europe
"Needs to happen ASAP" plea over alternative Bristol Underground plan -Credit:Getty Images Europe

A hypothetical plan for building a Bristol underground network that would avoid closing roads and save money has Bristol Live readers debating the future of public transport in our comments section.

Marvin Rees pushed for an underground network during his time as Mayor, but those plans were vetoed last year due to concerns about the cost of the project. Jacob Cook, a volunteer analyst at Enroute, came up with an alternative plan using a single tunnel under the city and using existing and abandoned lines to fill out the rest of the network overground.

Mr Cook said: “Since I first heard about Bristol potentially getting a mass transit system, it’s always been a subject that’s interested me. I’ve been to lots of cities around Europe and had a look at even more cities around the world. How can we have a mass transit system that takes inspiration from a few different cities around the world?"

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Commenter Transport is excited by the new proposal: "YES this needs to happen ASAP. Some of the times, going from one part of the suburb to another part takes almost the same time as WALKING and this is not acceptable."

User Rolandrp says: "I think an underground link between Temple Meads and the Centre via the Bus Station would be good. That way both rail and buses could become better integrated."

Some are convinced that the project is dead regardless of any new plans, like reader Mark077: "I'm 53, and I'll never live long enough to see any improvement in public transport. They couldn't even get the bridge right for the metro bus at Ashton Gate , let alone plan something decent."

Greenbus writes: "Discussing this is a waste of time, it will NEVER happen! Central Government will only give London priority in transport schemes and the other cities, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, etc will queue up for a share of the 'leftover crumbs' but then never be given anything."

Catlady19 agrees: "I am just wondering if an underground will ever be built in Bristol - they have been talking about it for several decades already, with nothing actually being done! Not sure that an underground is actually needed in Bristol anyway."

Celandine says: "Personally I don't like underground tunnels...they scare me! It's a shame really that they took out so many branch lines. I used to live in Willsbridge and it would have been so much easier if the Bitton (and North Common etc) to Bath track were still open (I know they have the steam train running, but that only takes you so far and not every day). Was nice to have the cycle track though."

Junius1 writes: "Let's not go down the path again of hiring consultants for £millions to come up with estimates which don't agree. Trams please, or trolley buses - but an overground system, please!"

What's your dream, money-no-object public transport plan? Comment below, and join in on the conversation.