Yate park and ride with 190 spaces could be open by next March
PLANS for a £3.5million park and ride next to South Gloucestershire Council’s offices in Yate have been submitted.
The local authority-owned greenbelt site would have 190 car park spaces, bus stops both inside and outside on Badminton Road, a traffic light pedestrian crossing, zebra crossing and bike storage.
It could open as soon as March next year if planning permission is granted – but with the council backing the scheme, that is likely to be a formality.
The park and ride would improve public transport links between the town and Bristol, with operator First Bus already confirming the Y1 service will stop inside the park and ride, while a metrobus service for the town, which would also stop at the site, is also on the cards.
Funding for the car park has come from the West of England Combined Authority, which approved the idea last year.
Preliminary work is also taking place on two bypasses for Yate, more regular services at the town’s railway station and new cycle routes.
Council leader Toby Savage said: “I am delighted that, after much public discussion on the future of a park and ride for Yate, plans have finally been submitted."
First Bus managing director James Freeman said: “We are looking forward to the Yate park and ride getting up and running and are hoping for as many of our services to make use of the new facility as possible.
“We will continue to work with the council to make this scheme as successful as possible, as more and more people return to using public transport.”
The site of the new park and ride is to the left of the roundabout in this image, opposite South Gloucestershire Council's offices and staff car park
A planning design and access statement by consultants Jacobs says 12 sites were considered for the scheme and that consent was granted for the same location in 2006 but not taken forward.
It says: “The A432 corridor between Yate and Bristol is already congested, causing severance and safety issues and extended public transport journey times.
“As a result, a large proportion of trips along the A432 corridor are undertaken by private car.
“This trend is forecast to increase.
“The creation of a new park and ride will help to tackle existing and future transport challenges in the area by enabling residents to switch from cars to continue their journeys by more sustainable transport modes.
“In the short term, the proposed facilities will provide an initial park-and-ride service using the existing bus network and overflow car parking for Yate station which is due to benefit from increased rail services as part of the MetroWest project.
“In the longer term, the park and ride will adapt to growth and changing technologies, forming a key gateway and transport hub for Yate.
“The proposed A432 Metrobus service would increase the service frequency and quality of buses that could serve the site.”
It says the site is in the greenbelt but also within the Local Plan’s development boundary, so the land is suitable for “necessary” development, such as transport infrastructure.
West of England mayor Tim Bowles said: “This park and ride would give people a real alternative and means they can step out of their cars or cycle a short distance and get onto a bus, reducing congestion on local roads, including Badminton Road, the ring toad and in Yate town centre.”
Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall said: “The submission of this application is a big step forward, and I want to thank the council for their work in getting the park and ride to this stage and mayor Tim Bowles for providing the funding to make it happen.”
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service