Comment from Karin Smyth, Labour candidate for Bristol South at next year's General Election, regarding Metrobus.
"I have lived, worked and been politically active in Bristol for many years. Throughout this time, and for many years previous, discussions and decisions about transport have dominated our daily conversations and political debate. The result of various transport decisions is that some communities in Bristol South have missed out on the growing prosperity of our great city.
Large parts of the constituency still suffer from the loss of industry in the 1980s, with a continued impact on individuals and communities. The work and educational opportunities to the north of Bristol remain beyond the reach of many.
Regrettably the likelihood of large employers returning to south Bristol is small. Future opportunities lie in small and medium size business and they need a skilled labour force and good infrastructure to get established and grow.
Since being selected to fight the Bristol South seat for Labour I have met many small businesses in south Bristol, as well as representatives of Airbus and Bristol Airport. The message from them all was clear, they need that skilled and talented workforce alongside a transport network fit for purpose. A network that gets their staff to work on time, decent access for their customers and one which allows them to get their products to market.
People in south Bristol want and need decent properly paid work, they need to be connected to the job opportunities.
In the last year residents in Hartcliffe have shown me land left abandoned for transport systems that never came. Metrobus is a compromise, sadly there are some people and places that are adversely affected and that loss must be mitigated against. It is imperfect but it is the best option available now. If we are serious about changing the social and economic divides in our city this opportunity must be grasped and made to work. People in Bristol South cannot afford to wait for the perfect solution."