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Bristol Mayoral Election Meeting – 9th October

5 October 2012

Members are invited to a meeting to help determine TSSA's involvement with the Bristol Mayoral Election.


The Union’s Executive Committee has agreed that the union should play a part in the Mayoral Campaign, acting in effect as a third party, not aligned to any candidate and seeking to make public transport one of the most important issues.

Isn’t it only for people in Bristol?

Bristol’s public transport system has been the subject of much debate and discussion over the years:

• The flawed Bus Rapid Transit scheme.

• The Bristol Metro which will see significant rail improvements that will benefit the whole of the former Avon County area, including North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. That said, the issues with Rail Franchising in the last week and the way the government has linked the Bristol Metro with the now delayed re-let of the Great Western Franchise calls into question when the project will begin.

• Buses in and around Bristol, virtually all of which travel beyond the Bristol City Council boundaries.

• The establishment of an Integrated Transport Authority similar to that which exists in most other major cities – Birmingham, Liverpool, etc.

The decision to have a Bristol Mayor could enhance the success of all of these schemes but the point really is that whatever the elected mayor decides, it could have an impact beyond just Bristol and for that reason we are writing to members who live in and around the city.

So, in answer to the question, it does involve people outside Bristol.

What is the purpose?

In line with our community organising ethos, TSSA’s intervention is seeking to draw various groups together to come up with a series of pledges that will then be used to hold candidates to account during the election and persuade them to agree to our jointly agreed priorities. Once the winner is announced, the pledges will also act as a campaigning tool with the new mayor to ensure that they deliver on what the people of Bristol (and the Greater Bristol area) want.

The meeting

With this in mind, we have arranged a meeting as follows to hear your views and what you wish to see in the pledges:


Date: Tuesday 9th October


Time: 5pm for 5.30pm


Venue: TSSA Office, Newminster House, 27-29 Baldwin Street, Bristol


I do hope you will be able to attend and share your views and as an added inducement, we are planning to lay on some refreshments.

Another meeting

For your information, we are also planning an event for Thursday 11th November, venue to be confirmed, and to which we are inviting various groups and individuals from around Bristol.

You will be welcome at that meeting also but by inviting you to the earlier event we are trying to give our members priority in the way we take things forward.

Can you attend?

Please let me know if you are able to attend on Tuesday.

If you are unable to do so but wish to discuss any aspect of what we are trying to do –and especially if you have some ideas for pledges – please do not hesitate to contact me jenksr@tssa.org.uk or 07876 590551.

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