I am reliably informed this is a layout being considered for the congestion charge.
The map appears to be divided into three areas - the obvious central one, and then two random areas which I can't really understand. The first is Cotham - why is this in the "congestion zone"? Yeah, there's a problem with commuter parking but that would be solved by the trial resident's parking scheme. Another explanation is that they are simply marking areas that would be covered by resident's parking, although the proposed Cotham RPZ is smaller than the area on the map. I suspect that the RPZ will eventually share the Congestion Charge cameras and will be enforced via ANPR.
Even more bizarre though, is the Random Small Area. What the fuck?! Why is this here? It simply seems to cover the new office development behind Temple Meads, and the station itself. So what, you can't drive someone to Temple Meads Station without paying the congestion charge?
Finally there appears, in the absence of a ring road around the centre, to be a corridor that runs from the A38, along Jamaica Street & Marlborough Street up along Park Row to the Triangle. Not particularly suited to the huge levels of traffic that would be forced there.
Obviously it's early days yet, but I think this is definitely the shape of things to come.
But of course, it'll all be justified by the BRT, won't it.
*sigh* - for fuck's sake. At least Manchester got a referendum. Our current council are, or at least Mark Bradshaw is, far too arrogant to consider letting the people of Bristol have a say.
So what the fuck can we do about it? This unjustifiable arbitrary shit is going to be foisted on us whether we like it or not. We won't even get to vote on it.
Personally, I'm planning an advertising campaign. The people of Bristol need to be told about what comes with the BRT. Otherwise before we know it these fuckwads won't even have to try hard to push this shit onto the city, and before people realise it'll be too late.
Something along the lines of:
Manchester got a referendum
This man thinks you don't deserve a say on how certain aspects of your own city are run.
Is that fair?
If anyone has any ideas for funding, let me know.
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