Stephen Williams MP - working hard for Bristol West

Stephen Williams MP speaks out to keep major cycle path safe.

12.53.00pm GMT Thu 13th Mar 2008

Stephen Rides a Bike (photography: Claudia Woszczyk)

Stephen Williams MP has spoken out in support of the 'Save the Railway Path' campaign (, which is fighting proposals to run a guided bus route along the Bristol & Bath cycle Path from the city centre to Emerson's Green.

Mr Williams stated:

"There are far better ways to increase the use of public transport. Improved bus lanes and rail services would attract users without putting people off cycling and walking to school or work."

"Both of these are crucial at a time when we are trying to encourage both more environmentally friendly travel options and more active and healthy lifestyles, especially amongst children. More likely than not, this proposal will force people back into their cars."

The Bristol & Bath cycle Path is a highly successful scheme and Mr Williams questioned the safety of allowing buses into the sometimes narrow path which is used by cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Along with these public safety concerns, Stephen Williams commented on the negative effect that these proposals will have on the number of people who travel to work by bike, fearing that the added danger of buses travelling along the busy cycle path will dissuade them from cycling.

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