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Council ditches Populous’s Bristol Arena scheme

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Bristol's loss is KPMG's, Legal and General's, and ZHA's gain, in the long term. The claim of an extra £500m in economic benefit is interesting - benefit to whom, I wonder? And three times the number of jobs, from the proposed 'mixed use scheme', needs explaining in detail. Marvin Rees - talking of visions of a modern, thriving and well-connected city - is presumably aware of just what an urban car-crash this side of the inner city is - with Temple Meads station (let alone the arena site) crying out for decent public transport and pedestrian links with the city centre on the other side of the post WW2 ring road dual carriageway, which forms a really unpleasant barrier. At one time there was a nasty pedestrian subway complete with derelict, rubbish filled escalators; you have to negotiate the tides of traffic via tedious pedestrian crossings, and the bus connections at the station (even into the centre) must be among the most user-unfriendly of any large European city. Bristol has so much going for it that it's really sad to see the city council being led by the nose by KPMG and promises of paradise via what looks like a killing for a bit of opportunistic sub-King's Cross property development.

Posted date

5 September, 2018

Posted time

10:25 am

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