A new park and ride on the A4174 Ring Road in South Gloucestershire has moved a step closer with the granting of planning permission.
A 264-space ‘multi-modal interchange’ (MMI) will be accessed off the Rosary Roundabout opposite Sainsbury’s Emersons Green store and is being built as part of the new Emersons Green East development, which has permission for over 2,500 new homes, two primary schools and land for a new secondary school.
After the developers agreed to make contributions towards improving local infrastructure, planning permission for the park and ride was granted on 11th January.
The park and ride – which forms part of the £102m North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit scheme – has to be built by the time the 400th new home is completed and will also be funded by the developer.
Local Conservative councillors for Emersons Green, Colin Hunt, Dave Kearns and James Hunt, have welcomed this latest stage as they have been campaigning for years for measures to be introduced to ease traffic congestion on the Ring Road.
“It’s good news that after many years of campaigning we have finally reached the stage where planning permission has been granted.”
“The idea of this park and ride is to attract commuters travelling along the Ring Road towards to the M32 to use this new Park and Ride so we can reduce traffic congestion further along the A4174 and improve people’s journey times.”
“Just like the Parkway Park and Ride, we want to see this built well before the housing development is completed so we do not have to play catch up when all the new residents have moved in.”
“We now have to keep up the pressure on the developers to get on and build it as quickly as possible and not delay development as has happened elsewhere in South Gloucestershire – there are no more excuses.”
Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council