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Major Updates

MP opens South Bristol Link

The South Bristol Link is a 4.5km express bus route and roadway with new cycle and pedestrian paths. It runs between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park.

The South Bristol Link is now officially open. Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport joined local councillors to celebrate the opening of the South Bristol Link to traffic.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “I am delighted to celebrate the opening of the South Bristol Link. The Government’s funding of this £47 million road will help improve access to businesses, provide a new public transport route and cycle path. It will not only improve journeys and cut congestion but also encourage people to get on buses and their bikes and boost the local economy.”

Reducing congestion

The South Bristol Link is expected to reduce traffic on unsuitable residential roads by providing motorists with an alternative route to the A370 and A38.

Traffic is expected to dramatically reduce on the roads which currently link the residential areas of South Bristol to Winterstoke Road and to the city centre via Bedminster. These roads include Whitchurch Road, Bishopsworth Road, South Liberty Lane, Kings Head Lane and Highridge Green.

Where it goes

Benefits for residents and businesses

As a result of the South Bristol Link there will be:

  • Fewer cars on unsuitable residential roads
  • Less congestion
  • Improved access to and from the area
  • Support for economic growth in south Bristol
  • Improved public transport and new paths for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Easier access to jobs and educational opportunities for residents

Supporting the regeneration of South Bristol

The South Bristol Link is expected to bring £224 million of economic benefits to the region.

The South Bristol Link will create the right conditions for valuable new jobs, new business and new opportunities that can help the local economy grow. It is forecast to bring £224 million of economic benefit unlock approximately 2,500 jobs in the local area through:

  • reduced business costs;
  • reduced congestion;
  • improved accessibility for businesses and employees;
  • better access to employment and education for local people;
  • the unlocking of new areas for employment and housing.

Facts and figures

The South Bristol Link includes:

  • 4.5 km of new road;
  • 4.5 km of new walking and cycling paths;
  • 1 new major rail bridge that allows the South Bristol Link to go under the Great Western railway
    line;
  • 2 new road bridges;
  • 2 new roundabouts;
  • 3 signalled junctions;
  • 0.5 km of bus-only road;
  • major landscaping;
  • the restoration of three historic lime kilns.

Cost

The South Bristol Link cost a total of £47.18 million.

£27.64 million Department for Transport contribution

£19.54 million Bristol and North Somerset Councils and Section 106 contribution from Bristol Airport

Photographs from the official opening

News about the South Bristol Link

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