North Somerset backs Bristol Airport expansion according to YouGov poll

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 07:54 30 January 2019

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport

Three quarters of people surveyed in North Somerset support Bristol Airport’s expansion plan.

A YouGov poll, of 350 people, found 73 per cent back the airport’s plan to accommodate 12 million passengers per year by the mid-2020s.

The most commonly cited reasons for supporting the scheme were reducing the need to travel to London airports and increasing destination routes.

When asked what should be an essential part of the planning obligations for the project imposed by North Somerset Council, 86 per cent said road improvements are essential.

Simon Earles, the airport’s planning and sustainability, said: “We’ve always said our plans respond to demand from the public for improved airport facilities and access to even more destinations from their regional airport.

“This survey highlights the support which exists for our development plans from people in the local area.

“It also reinforces the need to make improvements to local roads, which is why any planning permission will be accompanied by significant investment in local junctions and public transport services.”

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