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Major Updates

New road will reduce congestion

A new road that will help South Bristol businesses opened at the end of May.

The road connects the Ashton Vale industrial estate to the South Bristol Link and will reduce congestion by removing HGVs from Winterstoke Road and South Liberty Lane.

Previously, HGVs could only access the industrial estate either by the narrow signal controlled railway bridge on South Liberty Lane or the height restricted under bridge on Ashton Drive. The new road provides businesses in Brook Gate and on South Liberty Lane with direct access to the South Bristol Link and the national road network.

Improving infrastructure encourages economic growth

A Bristol hotel has sold for more than £1.6 million because of its proximity to the South Bristol Link.

Christie & Co, a specialist advisor for buying and selling businesses, said that the interest in the hotel could be attributed to the improved connectivity offered by the South Bristol Link which provides “swift access to the fast expanding Bristol International Airport and various business parks”.

The South Bristol Link is forecast to bring £224m of economic benefit to the area through reduced business costs, reduced congestion, improved accessibility for businesses and employees, better access to employment and education for local people and the unlocking of new areas for employment and housing.

It is also estimated the scheme will unlock around 2,500 jobs in the local area.

More awards for South Bristol Link

The South Bristol Link was recently awarded South West Large Project of the Year by the Institute of Highways Engineers.

Along with the MetroBus restoration of Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge, the scheme is also up for two awards from the regional branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers. You can vote for the South Bristol Link in their People’s Choice Award.

Earlier this year the South Bristol Link won South West Transportation Project of the Year from the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation for demonstrating excellence in planning and engineering. Alun Griffiths, who constructed the South Bristol Link, have also won Considerate Constructor Scheme national awards for two consecutive years.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles

New cycling and walking paths along the South Bristol Link are making it easier for people to access leisure facilities and the nearby countryside.

The South Bristol Link has new along its entire 4.5km length. The new paths provide a safer, quicker route from south Bristol to the Ashton Court Estate and cycle paths in North Somerset.

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