The region’s buses are unreliable, poor value for money and make journeys difficult to plan, according to a transport survey carried out.
The public consultation on the Joint Local Transport Plan also found support for congestion charging, while there was mass opposition to a mooted South Bristol ring road.
The plan, led by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca), was meant to run alongside a 20-year blueprint to build 105,000 houses that was rejected by Government officials .
Bath and North East Somerset’s Councillor Tim Ball said lessons must be learned after the four councils in the region wasted six years and millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on the joint spatial plan.
A Weca spokesperson said: “The West of England still needs a joint local transport plan because we continue to face significant challenges in reducing congestion, emissions and increasing mobility for our existing population and visitors.
“We also have to plan for predicted population growth of circa 250,000 over the next 20 years.
“Improving transport links is vital for our area, to support new homes as well as linking new homes and communities with employment areas.”
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More than 4,200 people responded to the consultation on the transport plan.
Nearly three in five people found buses unreliable and poor value for money, and said it was not easy to plan journeys.
Many sympathised with the transport challenges facing the region but some 1,600 people opposed plans for the South Bristol ring road, which would cut through green belt land between the A4 and the A37.
There was strong support – mainly in Bristol – for congestion charges or a new levy on workplace parking to bring in extra funding.
Residents’ top priority was on new and improved railway stations and services.
They also wanted to see a comprehensive and safe network built for walking and cycling, and more road space used for public transport, walking and cycling.
The Weca spokesperson added: “We want your views on our bus strategy later in the year.
“This will consider options to improve the performance of the bus network across the region and set out how further growth in bus usage can be encouraged, including proposals to create better, faster, more reliable and more accessible services.
“We will also be running a consultation on our cycling and walking plan – a more detailed plan which proposes investment in cycling and walking routes of £411million over the next 16 years.
“It aims to provide high quality infrastructure to support our transition to a region where cycling and walking are the preferred choice for shorter trips.”
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