Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has said that a full feasibility study into construction of an underground system for the city will be commissioned this month.
Speaking at his annual State of the City Address, Rees said that as mass transit system was vital for creating a modal shift to reduce congestion.
“Congestion remains one of our most serious problems,” he said. “It hinders people movement, worsens air quality and weakens our economy. I previously announced, we have commissioned a pre-feasibility study for underground with our partners in the West of England Authority, and initial feedback is that ground conditions don’t look too problematic and that with the right level of investment, is perfectly buildable.
“A mass transit scheme, that connects the northern fringe, the south and the east to the centre and connects the city, to our growing airport and people to jobs, has the potential to be transformative for the city and region. Accordingly, my city leader partners, Tim Warren in Bath and North East Somerset Council, Matthew Riddle in South Gloucestershire, Nigel Ashton in North Somerset and our Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, all recognise the generational opportunity this presents and will support the full feasibility study being commissioned this month.”
This feasibility study follows on from a £50,000 financial viability study that suggested such a scheme could cost £2.5bn to develop.
It is likely that the latest feasibility investigation could include up to £3M of ground investigation work.