Work was due to start yesterday (Monday 19th July) on South Gloucestershire’s first park and ride at Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, near Bristol Parkway rail station.
The site will provide extra parking for commuters using train services at Parkway Station and will also serve the regular bus services that call at Parkway.
Its location also means that it is well-placed to serve the proposed North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit scheme.
The location is just off Hunts Ground Road, approximately 400 metres east of Parkway Railway Station and will hold 200 car parking spaces including provision for disabled car parking and motorbikes. Parking at the site will cost £5 a day in the week and £3 a day at weekends.
The estimated construction period is 32 weeks, and completion is expected to be in March 2011.
The site will include lighting and a CCTV system and the gates will be locked at night and opened early in the morning to enhance security. The payment machines will be by credit/debit card only.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment said: “This is an exciting step in the provision of improved public transport facilities in South Gloucestershire and will provide much needed car parking for those commuters wishing to access the many bus and rail services that call at Parkway.”
As part of this construction scheme, temporary parking restrictions will be implemented on Hunts Ground Road whilst the works are carried out. A consultation with local residents has started regarding permanent parking restrictions on Hunts Ground Road and Church Road.