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Ex-Bristol mayor blasts plans to build Populous arena outside centre


'Promoted by those with self interest' - KPMG? - heaven forfend! I wonder if they'd have condemned the location of Manchester City's Emirates Stadium on the fringe of the city centre, and the presence of Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium not far from the city centre? George Ferguson is surely absolutely correct to warn his successor not to be led by the nose by one of the 'Fat Four' (as Private Eye fondly calls them, with considerable justification). But to focus on the welfare of Bristol itself, the notion of underground railways sounds rather fanciful - some years ago the electorate of Zurich voted resoundingly against an underground rail network in favour of more nuanced mass transit founded on the development of their excellent tram system (and Zurich, though far wealthier than Bristol, knows the value of money). Bristol has no trams, but has the substantial resource of disused rail corridors noted by Mike Harris - and regarding the topography mentioned as a factor by Shankari Raj, Bristol's is surely no more challenging than that of Sheffield, where trams have ably demonstrated their capabilities even in heavy snow. And it's no coincidence that the Manchester Emirates and Edinburgh Murrayfield stadia both benefit from having tram stations designed to handle large crowds. In Bristol the existing Avonmouth rail link, the impending revival of the line to Portishead, and the current quadrupling of the main line north out of Temple Meads station as far as Filton all combine to help create a fledgling suburban network - and maybe even scope for tram trains linking the city centre streets with outlying suburbs.

Posted date

13 August, 2018

Posted time

11:04 pm


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