Park and ride work gets underway as road repair schemes announced
WORK on the new park and ride for Yate is underway, as South Gloucestershire Council announces a series of road maintenance and infrastructure projects.
Contractors have begun digging the site next to South Gloucestershire Council's offices in Badminton Road.
The £3.6 million facility will include 198 parking spaces, 38 electric vehicle charging points and secure cycle parking for 46 bikes, as well as improved bus stops for services including First's Y1, which will divert through the park and ride once it has opened. A metrobus route on the A432, which would also stop at the site, is also on the cards.
When funding was approved for the scheme last year by the West of England Combined Authority, it was originally suggested that it could be open by the end of this March.
However there is currently no firm opening date, although council leaders say they expect to see it open "later this year".
The local authority-owned greenbelt site will be served by a traffic light pedestrian crossing and zebra crossing.
The council expects it to also be used by rail passengers, as Yate Station is an eight-minute walk away.
Council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure Steve Reade said: “It is great to see work starting on the Yate Park and Ride site.
“This new facility is part of our commitment to creating more green travel options for our residents and will contribute towards our Climate Change ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
It comes as work to tackle flooding problems and poor surfaces on roads in the area is due to get underway.
South Gloucestershire Council will carry out work near the junction of Perrinpit Road and Old Gloucester Road, Frampton Cotterell, on Yate Road in Iron Acton, The Downs in Wickwar and at the Frome bridge on Stover Road, Yate, as part of a £3.7 million flood resilience programme.
The council has also announced a series of resurfacing, repair works and infrastructure schemes under its £8.75m budget for this year.
Projects include bridge strengthening works for the Swan Inn Bridge in Chipping Sodbury, as well as an investigation into traffic safety at Damson Bridge in Winterbourne.
More than £160,000 will be spent on projects in Yate, with resurfacing taking place on Goose Green and footway maintenance taking place on Station Road and Westerleigh Close.
Charfield will see more than £250,000 spent on resurfacing of Avon Road, Berkeley Close, Orchard Close, Underhill Road and Manor Lane.
Picture: Contractors' vehicles on the Yate park and ride site.