Communities asked to help region prepare for new arena

People who live and work near the site of the new arena are being asked to help plan for when the venue opens.

Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have launched a joint survey to learn more about people’s travel habits and parking needs.

The information collected will help the two local authorities investigate what kind of measures might be needed to help mitigate the impacts of the development.

The new YTL Arena Bristol, being built in the Brabazon Hangars next to the former Filton airfield, is expected to open towards the end of 2025 or early 2026.

Arena goers will be able to get to and from the venue by train, public bus, shuttle bus, walking and cycling, and will be able to park in the arena’s car park.

However, some people may also choose to drive and park on nearby streets, so this is something the councils need to plan for.

The arena travel and parking survey is available at until Monday 6 March.

If measures are needed Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council will carry out further consultation with local people.

We’re getting set to welcome YTL Arena Bristol, bringing a host of world-class live music and entertainment to our city.

We’re working to deliver even more new railway stations for the Bristol area at North Filton and Henbury but, in the meantime, to help us prepare for the arena opening, and the thousands of people who will be travelling to the new venue on a regular basis, we are asking about how people travel in the area and their parking needs.

“his is why we need plenty of people who live or work in the area surrounding the new arena to fill in the survey.

Councillor Don Alexander, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport

The new arena is such an exciting development for South Gloucestershire and the wider region. It will really put the area on the map.

The new arena, along with the redevelopment of the former airfield site, will create jobs and provide homes for local people.

We are already investing in improving walking, cycling and public transport links in this area of South Gloucestershire but to help us make further preparations for such significant development we need to hear from residents and people who work in the area so we can work to minimise the impact on our communities.

Councillor Steve Reade, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport

To request paper copies of the consultation information, email [email protected] or call 01454 868009.

To find out more about the YTL Bristol Arena go to

Press release by Bristol City Council.