Park and ride is vital to our future

December 31 2020
Park and ride is vital to our future

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

AS we step into 2021 and build back better from the coronavirus pandemic, investing in our local infrastructure and public transport, such as the Yate Park and Ride, remains key.

Living in South Gloucestershire my whole life, I have seen how congested our local roads can be, and know just how vital improving our local transport links is for local people. Schemes such as building Yate Park and Ride are now more important than ever, as our local economy begins to regain momentum.

I am therefore delighted that as we step into a fresh year, we are taking one big success with us - the Yate Park and Ride.

The Yate Park and Ride has been given final approval, with diggers now on the ground, and building work commencing.

Due to be completed in the next few months, this park and ride will be located on Badminton Road, adjacent to the South Gloucestershire Council Offices. It will include 192 parking spaces, 38 electric vehicle charge points, secure cycle storage for 46 bikes, and click and collect parcel lockers.

It will also have a traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossing linking the bus stop to the car park and bike storage and maintenance facilities, as well as a zebra crossing to continue along the same side of Badminton Road.

This new service will help to reduce traffic along the congested A432 Badminton Road corridor, by encouraging people who travel locally and into Bristol to use alternative travel options, such as public transport, cycling or car sharing.

The Yate Park and Ride joins the list of successful transport schemes we have worked, with the help of the community, to deliver in the past few years. These include scrapping the Severn Bridge tolls, agreeing new electric car charging points in Thornbury, Yate and Frampton Cotterell, doubling the frequency of trains to Yate, resurfacing our rural roads, and reinstating the Southmead Hospital bus link from Chipping Sodbury.

As we start 2021, I want to reassure Voice readers that I will continue to fight for better transport links in our area and continue pushing for schemes such as an A38 transport investment package for Thornbury, Junction 18A on the M4 and completing the Yate to Bristol cycle path.

As ever, to find out more about our Positive Plan for Transport, or if there is anything else that you need assistance with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.