May: News from your local MP
As the local MP, I regularly have residents raise with me that if we are to discourage people from feeling forced to own and drive their own car and regularly adding to local traffic congestion then we have to provide credible alternatives that are affordable, reliable and convenient. Moving into a new home and community is a particularly opportune time to think about how you can use your car less and try out some alternative ways of getting around that work for you and your family.
And so I am delighted that the Lyde Green Car Club has officially launched, thanks to £67,000 of new funding approved by South Gloucestershire Council, which invests in the growing community of Lyde Green.
The scheme, run by car rental firm Enterprise, give households access to communal vehicles for use in and around the region. The Club’s first car, a Toyota Yaris, has been in operation since December and is based outside the Lyde Green Community Centre. As more members join, more vehicles will be purchased and establish more permanent parking spaces.
Linking up our communities to an improved transport network is essential and I’m pleased to see that earlier this year the M3X service was launched to provide a more direct route for Emersons Green and Lyde Green residents, as well as users of the Lyde Green Park and Ride, into the city centre. The M3X service is in addition to the existing M3 service that travels into Bristol via UWE.
This accompanies an £800,000 investment through the West of England Combined Authority to overhaul the vehicle fleet of our community transport providers, including Kingswood Community Transport.
Finally, it was announced in the last few weeks that our existing local bus services in and out of Bristol and Bath will benefit from a further award of funding from Department for Transport's Clean Bus Technology Fund. Using the latest technology, the money will help retrofit 166 buses to reduce the amount of Nitrogen Dioxide and other harmful pollutants being released into the air by up to 94%. This is the fourth time that money has been secured from the Department for Transport to upgrade the bus fleet, which includes helping to improve air quality in the region, bringing the total funding secured to £10 million.
A cleaner, more affordable, reliable and accessible public transport network can keep our area moving as we go about our daily lives.