A new park and ride in Yate, South Gloucestershire is set to open in spring 2021 after the final stage of planning permission was given the green light by the Secretary of State.
The £3.5 million facility will support more sustainable travel in Yate and the surrounding area, and will be located on Badminton Road, adjacent to the South Gloucestershire Council offices.
The new park and ride will help reduce traffic levels along the congested A432 Badminton Road corridor, by encouraging people who travel locally and into Bristol to use alternative travel options such as public transport, cycling or car sharing.
It will include 192 parking spaces, 38 electric vehicle (EV) charge points, bus stops both inside and outside the site, a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing (providing a safe link between the external stop and the car park), zebra crossing and secure cycle storage for 46 bikes. The site would also host a car club, bicycle maintenance facilities and click and collect parcel lockers.
Initial park and ride services will be provided using the existing background bus network, prior to the arrival of metrobus services in the area. Bus services will take passengers into Bristol and Yate.
The facility will also act as an overflow car park for Yate Station, which is just an 8-minute walk from the site and will be managed in such a way to ensure that users are encouraged to switch to sustainable forms of transport for onward journeys. The intention is that the facility is used to connect to another form of transport and not be used as a permanent car park.
The £3.5 million project is being funded by the West of England Combine Authority (WECA). Work is expected to begin in December 2020.