Image of a modern tram travelling along a narrow street in Bordeaux (credit: Per Karlsson / Alamy)

Future of Cities

Trams, or an underground? As Bristol weighs its public transport options, can it learn from across the Channel?

Bristol is notorious for its congestion and poor public transport, and has been hit by a worsening bus crisis. As it looks to a new mass transit system to solve its problems, cities such as Rennes and Bordeaux can offer valuable lessons.

Campaigners renew calls for metro mayor to bring struggling buses back into public hands

Funding, franchising and finding solutions: exploring south Bristol’s bus crisis

Image of Bernice McKendrick, a south Bristol resident affected by cuts to the region's buses (credit: Julian Preece)

Area in Focus

‘Instead of 20 people on the bus, we’ll have 10 taxis’: how cuts to Bristol’s buses are hitting BS3

Axing bus services is leaving already marginalised communities stranded. New responsive travel initiatives are aiming to connect communities to key transport routes, but do they really meet people's needs?

Future of Cities

‘The company needs to be held accountable’: Bristol passengers speak out about bus misery


West of England bus passengers face more cuts as dozens of services to be axed in April

Bristol councillors back bringing buses into public control amid cuts to services

Political pressures is growing on Dan Norris, the West of England metro mayor, to explore how a bus franchising model could solve the wider Bristol region’s bus crisis.