Transport

The proposed West of England Mayoral Combined Authority would be given further powers over transport, including:

  • The ability to introduce smart and integrated ticketing or franchise bus services
  • Responsibility for a Key Routes Network of roads.
  • Integration of road and rail travel together with the promotion of cycling and walking options, facilitating access to employment and leisure
  • Integration between local and national transport systems (road and rail) to facilitate and speed up journeys and reduce environmental impact
  • The power to implement Clean Air Zones to help achieve air quality standards.

Housing

A West of England Mayoral Combined Authority would be given stronger strategic planning powers to speed up the delivery of new housing. This includes the delivery of the Joint Spatial Plan.

It would also support enhanced compulsory purchasing powers, powers to determine cross-boundary infrastructure applications as a combined authority, and the setting up of Development Corporations put in place to facilitate building of houses on strategic sites. However this would require the agreement of each individual authority, if it affects their area.