Bristol wins Zero Emission Transport City Status

Bristol Zero Emission Zone Dan Norris WECA Mayor

Bristol is the latest just three cities in the country to be awarded Zero Emission Transport City funding.

The Zero Emission Transport City is a trial programme from the Department for Transport which will demonstrate how zero-carbon transport initiatives in urban locations can provide efficient, affordable and accessible city centre transport options 

Bristolians, commuters and visitors to the city can now look forward to cleaner air and a healthier environment thanks to a £500,000 investment to make Bristol a Zero Emission Transport City. The bid was co-ordinated by the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. 

The cash secured from the Government will see the introduction of more bike lanes, installation of 1,000 cycle hangars, increased electric charging units and 250 electric buses across the city. 

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: Working in close collaboration with Mayor Marvin Rees I am delighted that Bristol has won funding to become a Zero Emission Transport City. This is important to enable us to reach our ambitious net-zero targets and will mean more local people breathe cleaner air and lead healthier lives.” 

The Bristol news follows that of Oxford which was the first Zero Emission Zone to be announced, followed by Norwich.

The Oxford pilot includesNew Road, between Bonn Square and its junction with Castle Street; Bonn Square; Queen Street; Cornmarket Street; New Inn Hall Street; Shoe Lane; Market Street, from Cornmarket junction east for 40 metres; Ship Street; and St Michael’s Street.

The ZEZ pilot will allow Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to gain useful insights before introducing a larger ZEZ covering most of Oxford city centre next year (2023), subject to further public consultation.