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Plans for rapid transit link along Bristol and Bath Railway Path: Our response

Family on the Bath to Bristol Railway path

Over time The Bristol and Bath Railway Path has become more than just a transport link between two cities

People sitting outside cafe on the Bath and Bristol Railway path

The path is seen by many as a community assest serving as a tourist destination, a place of business and a green corridor

Cyclist and walkers share the Bath and Bristol bike path
7 February 2018

We have responded to the leaders of the West of England Combined Authority, Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire Council’s plans for a rapid transit link along the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

We were disappointed by recent reports in The Bristol Post about the potential use of The Railway Path for a light rail connecting the two cities. We believe the trackbed of the former Midland Railway line would not be a suitable location for a rapid transit link and there would be substantial local opposition to any plans.

Next year sees The Bristol and Bath Railway Path celebrate its 40th anniversary and since its creation the path has become the busiest dedicated traffic-free route for people walking and cycling in the country. Over time it has become more than just a transport link between two cities, now it is seen by many as a community asset serving as a tourist destination, a place of business and a green corridor of wildlife habitat of significant value.

James Cleeton, Sustrans' Director of England South said: 

“We fully support the principle of a light rail or rapid transit connection between Bristol and Bath. However, the route under consideration is the wrong one.”

Read our open letter response to the plans