Third of Bristol’s residents want improvements to city...

Third of Bristol’s residents want improvements to city’s transport system, new poll says

26 June 2013

A third of Bristol’s residents are unhappy about the state of the city’s transport system, according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.

The findings are in a survey of 14 English towns and cities involved in this summer’s People United bus tour, which showed that the main concern in Bristol was the city's transport system - 30 per cent of those surveyed wanted to see improvements.

The poll’s findings throw down the gauntlet to Bristol’s first elected mayor, independent George Ferguson, to sort out the city’s traffic problems.

People also pointed to the too infrequent bus services - and 20 per cent also wanted to see improvements in traffic and congestion.

The People United bus, which arrives in Bristol on Friday 28 June, will be offering advice and information on local campaigns between 10.00-16.00 parked at Centre Promenade, Bristol BS1. On board the bus will be trade union experts and community specialists to offer advice and information on problems in and out-of-work.

There will be also be a ‘question time’ event at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY tomorrow (Thursday 27 June) from 19.00–20.00 which the public are invited to. Speakers include Paulette North from UJIMA community radio; Dr Edson Burton, an academic, poet and playwright and Labour city councillor Peter Hammond. It will be chaired by Unite regional officer Clare Moody.

People United is also asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the ‘People’s manifesto’ to change our country for the better.

Bristol had the highest number of respondents for the architecture/specific buildings category, cited by 24 per cent. The main two reasons for this were; the harbour, which has been regenerated, and the Clifton suspension bridge, both major tourist attractions for the area.

People in Bristol were also proud of their parks and natural beauty, with 28 per cent of people mentioning this, understandable given its position near the Avon Gorge.

Unite regional officer Clare Moody said: “Residents in Bristol are very unhappy about the state of the city's transport system, according to our poll.

“The message to the first elected mayor George Ferguson is that he needs to get his skates on to sort the issues that rankle with a third of the city’s population.

"People United will be in Bristol to hear more about what people have to say about improving their city and their country. We will also be here to offer help and support to local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference.

“We are asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better."

Survation interviewed 1,451 UK adults by telephone on 3-14 June 2013 in Blackpool, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Stoke-on-Trent. Data were weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.


For further information, please contact the Unite press office on 0203 371 2065, Clare Moody on 07711 237 070 and/or or Unite regional community coordinator Brett Sparkes on 07702 874 585