Fast track for two Bristol road plans

Image caption The route to Temple Meads is costing £48m

Two road projects in Bristol have moved closer to getting government funding.

The A38 and A370 link road and a "rapid transit" bus route joining the north of the city and Hengrove have both been moved into the development pool.

This means the Department for Transport (DfT) is now asking councils to submit funding bids for the schemes.

They join the Bath transportation package, the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads bus route and the Weston-super-Mare package - also in this pool.

Once the DfT gives the go-ahead they move into the supported pool - schemes the department is prepared to fund subject to the renegotiation of funding bids from the local authority.

The projects are part of the DfT's Investment in Local Major Transport Schemes which was published in October 2010.

Liberal Democrat councillor Gary Hopkins from Bristol City Council said: "[The announcement] improves our chances massively of getting the go-ahead from the government later this year.

"It really moves our schemes up the pecking order so that we are closer than we've ever been to achieving these vital transport infrastructure improvements."

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