Park and ride will revitalise transport links

July 27 2020
Park and ride will revitalise transport links

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

AS a community we should be immensely proud of the acts of care, the acts of kindness and the sacrifices that have been made in our community.

After months of lockdown, our economy is now reopening for business, alongside the new health protections and improvements needed as we all stay vigilant to help prevent any new outbreak occurring.

This means that as we begin to recover from the pandemic, we can continue our work on improvements needed in our community, such as revitalising our transport links.

I am therefore delighted that the Yate Park and Ride is finally becoming a reality. Over recent weeks, preparations to finalise the project have been carrying on in the background as the lockdown begins to lift. We have now agreed the location and secured the funding.

As someone who has lived locally all my life, I know how congested our local roads can be, and have consistently fought for better transport infrastructure for our towns and villages. This new Park and Ride will have around 200 parking spaces and will be built next to the South Gloucestershire Council offices on Badminton Road.

This should help keep cars off the roads, ease congestion and improve the connections for Yate and Sodbury residents commuting to places like Aztec West and Bristol.

With a planning application due to be submitted imminently, I hope that building work, on site, can start in the next few months. In the meantime, I am urging South Gloucestershire Council to approve the planning application for this vital proposal in the next few weeks. We cannot afford another delay to this project.

With your support, despite the challenging times we are living though, we will ensure that our positive plan for South Gloucestershire is delivered. I am determined to see this campaign through.

In the meantime, I am still fighting for better transport links in our area. We have seen great success already; we’ve scrapped the Severn Bridge tolls, agreed new electric car charging points in

Thornbury, Yate and Frampton Cotterell, are doubling the frequency of some train services to Yate

and we have reinstated the Southmead Hospital bus link from Chipping Sodbury.

Thank you again for your continuing support with our Yate Park and Ride. We must work together to deliver this.

If there are any specific routes you would like to see as part of our new Yate Park and Ride, please do let me know by emailing luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.