Villagers want to address traffic issues caused by airport expansion

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2018

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Villagers are working together in a bid to reduce traffic and noise issues proposed expansion at Bristol Airport will bring.

A record number of passengers are expected to use the site in the coming years, with the airport wanting to expand its capacity to cater for up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s.

Marking its eighth consecutive year of growth, the airport aims to create employment opportunities and support economic growth in the region over the next 30 years.

MORE: Airport plans to increase size of terminal and to double passenger numbers.

More passengers will lead to greater traffic levels in the surrounding villages and the airport’s own figures show more than 20 per cent of its passengers come from South Wales, many of which will travel through Failand to reach their flights.

Action group Failand Residents Against Speeding (FRAS) is working with Wraxall and Failand Parish Council to find ways of alleviating traffic issues.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “In this parish, the residents of Failand are already experiencing traffic problems on the B3128 with cars also using side roads as rat runs.

“The airport recognises planning for more than 15 million passengers per annum will be influenced by technical developments in mass transit and also aircraft design.

“If these innovations result in far fewer vehicles clogging our road network, and the need for less parking lots at the airport, then perhaps a further increase in passenger numbers might be justified.

“Until this happens the parish council will not support any further development at Bristol Airport.”

The Times reported last month the airport is seeking feedback to control noise levels at the site for the next five years.

In its draft plan, the airport stated ‘no people lie within the highest noise bands assessed’ in 2016 during the day, evening or night periods, which was also the case in 2011.

Consultation runs until October 2 and feedback will help shape the final document which will be published later this year.

To submit a response, email NAP2018@bristolairport.com or write to Noise Action Plan Consultation, Bristol Airport, BS48 3DY.

To view the plan, visit www.bristolairport.co.uk/about-us/environment/noise-management

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