Bristol Airport objects to rival park and ride

PUBLISHED: 15:53 30 July 2019

An artist's impression of Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

An artist's impression of Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport says its efforts to promote sustainable transport options for passengers will be hindered, if a private company’s plan to build a park and ride close to the m5 goes ahead.

Bosses have 'significant and fundamental concerns' for a 3,000-space park and ride near junction 21 of the M5.

The airport wants to expand its parking facilities as it bids to boost passenger numbers to 12 million by 2026.

But Mead Realisation says using a five-hectare field next to the Weston M5 junction would avoid encroaching onto the green belt and a 'traffic headache' on inadequate rural roads.

Bristol Airport claimed the proposals would seriously impact its own ability to promote sustainable transport options and lead to the increased use of unauthorised off-site car parks.

It also said the 10-mile distance between its terminal and the park and ride was 'a key constraint that would affect passenger convenience'.

Mead Realisations is proposing to change the use of five hectares of agricultural land east of junction 21 and build access roads and a reception centre.

It says the park and ride would be open 24/7 and create 60 jobs. The facility would be an alternative to the proposed extension of Bristol Airport's silver zone car park, but requires North Somerset Council's permission.

Bristol Airport Ltd said: "We have significant and fundamental concerns in terms of the application's compliance with the development plan and national aviation policy, its suitability, viability and deliverability and its environmental impact.

"Critically, if approved, the proposed park and ride facility would undermine Bristol Airport's existing and an emerging airport surface access strategy, seriously impact the ability of Bristol Airport Ltd to promote more sustainable transport choices for passengers and would lead to the increased use of unauthorised off-site car parks."

Bristol Airport flies to more than 120 destinations across 34 countries. It handled 8.6 million passengers in 2018, making it the UK's ninth busiest airport.

Forecasts indicate 20 million passengers will pass through Bristol Airport by the mid-2040s.

It wants to increase passenger numbers from 10 million per year, by expanding the terminal. It awaits the council's decision.

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