North Somerset Council commits almost £1million funding to MetroBus project

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:23 03 October 2017

Bird's eye view of South Bristol Link Road.

Bird's eye view of South Bristol Link Road.

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Almost £1million of North Somerset Council’s cash has been committed to the MetroBus project due to ‘key design and construction issues’.

The council’s executive has approved a move to commit an extra £995,000 as part of its ‘legal responsibilities’.

MetroBus is a public transport network hoping to alleviate pressure on Bristol’s road network, including in Long Ashton, with bus lanes and traffic calming features.

A council spokesman said: “Cllr Elfan Ap Rees presented a report to the executive.

“He referred to the council’s legal responsibilities in relation to the project, and highlighted the key design and construction issues that had led to the additional contract costs.

“The executive approved the allocation of £995,000 to fund additional risk and cost pressure.”

The spokesman added the funding ‘may not be realised at all, or in full’, but instead will be held until needed.

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