Park and ride will be a sustainable travel alternative

December 30 2021
Park and ride will be a sustainable travel alternative

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

OUR brand new Yate Park and Ride is only weeks away from opening. The final stages of construction are now taking place.

As a local man, I know how congested our local roads can be, and how beneficial this new park and ride will be, for reducing congestion on our busy roads and improving both our local connections and air quality. 

The park and ride will offer free parking for bus users, electric vehicle charging points, secure cycling parking and is just a short walk to Yate railway station, connecting our local public transport better than ever before.

So far it has been confirmed that there will be direct bus services every 30 minutes into Bristol city centre in one direction, and Yate and Chipping Sodbury in the other, with more services and timetables being confirmed in the coming weeks and months.

I was extremely grateful to everyone who let me know their thoughts about which other locations the park and ride should serve, with Bath, Cribbs Causeway and Southmead Hospital the most popular destinations. I will be continuing to speak to South Gloucestershire Council and local bus operators about the expansion of further services for the park and ride.

This brand-new park and ride is being funded by £3.5 million secured from the West of England Combined Authority and will provide a sustainable alternative for people going both into Yate and towards Bristol, encouraging people to get out of their cars and reduce congestion, as well as to encourage linked up usage with rail services at the nearby Yate station.

To protect and enhance our natural environment, South Gloucestershire Council will also be retaining all trees on the site, putting them into safe storage while development works take place and replanting them around the park and ride once work is complete.

I will be meeting with First Bus soon to discuss the ways in which we can deliver better services for residents and commuters, with a particular focus on the variety of services through Frampton Cotterell village, a return of services to parts of North Yate, and the frequency of the Y6 Southmead Hospital bus. 

The Yate Park and Ride joins the list of successful transport schemes we have worked, with the help of the community, to deliver in the past few years. These include scrapping the Severn Bridge tolls, agreeing new electric car charging points in Thornbury, Yate and Frampton Cotterell, working to double the frequency of trains, resurfacing our rural roads, and reinstating the Southmead Hospital bus link from Chipping Sodbury.

We are Getting Yate Moving.

It is a huge privilege to serve as your MP. If there is ever anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch at luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.