Wednesday, 9 February 2022

New £4.5m Yate Park and Ride Opens

A £4.5m park and ride has opened in Yate, South Gloucestershire.

The transport hub on Badminton Road in Yate has been built to encourage commuters travelling towards Yate or Bristol city centre to leave their cars and instead use public transport, cycle, walk or lift share.

The site, which has been under construction since early last year, includes 198 parking spaces, 46 cycle parking spaces, and improved bus stops.

Further facilities include 
38 electric vehicle (EV) charge points, a car club, together with click and collect lockers which will be installed in the next few weeks.

First West of England Managing Director Doug Claringbold, Cllr Steve Reade
and MP Luke Hall in front of First Bus 
Scania N280UD ADL Enviro400 City.
Credit: South Gloucestershire Council.

The Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y6 services, which serve Yate and Chipping Sodbury from the city centre and Southmead, will stop at the Park and Ride, which will also be used by metrobus services when they extend to the area.

It is hoped the new site will "help reduce traffic along the congested A432 Badminton Road corridor," South Gloucestershire Council said.

"The A432 corridor will continue to benefit from investment in public transport over the next five years, which will see bus service provision improve," it continued.

The car park will also be available for rail users at Yate Station, which is just an eight-minute walk away, giving commuters in Yate a more sustainable way to travel, thanks to the opening of the town’s new park and ride facilities.

The new £4.5 million facility on Badminton Road will be open seven days a week (excluding bank holidays)  

The site will provide an initial park and ride service using the existing bus network, with buses running approximately every 30 minutes. The A432 corridor between Bristol, Yate and Chipping Sodbury will continue to benefit from investment in public transport over the next five years, which will see bus service provision improve.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Strategic Infrastructure Cllr Steve Reade said: “We are very pleased to see the opening of the new Yate Park and Ride.

“The site offers commuters a credible alternative to using their car for journeys into Bristol city centre and will also provide an all-day parking option for people visiting Yate and Chipping Sodbury, reducing congestion on local roads.

“Anyone traveling into Bristol city centre or around the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area can also now use the park and ride to easily switch to public transport, car sharing, walking or cycling.

“The new facility will support sustainable travel in Yate, Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding area and is part of our commitment to create more green travel options for our residents and visitors. It will additionally contribute towards our Climate Emergency goals by helping to reduce carbon emissions and improving air quality.”

Doug Claringbold, Managing Director, First West of England, said: “We are delighted to have collaborated with South Gloucestershire Council on this exciting new initiative helping to encourage more customers to use public transport and contribute to a cleaner environment for all of us.

“We are proud to be the first UK public transport operator to sign-up to ambitious science-based targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and to operate a 100 per cent zero-emission fleet by 2035.

“The vital role of public transport has never been clearer in helping to address the challenges of climate change, and we are committed to helping deliver a more sustainable future for the communities we serve.”

Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall said: “Having campaigned for years alongside the Council to secure a brand-new Park and Ride for Yate, I am delighted that it is set to open. Improving local transport connections is a major part of our Positive Plan for South Gloucestershire and this important piece of transport infrastructure will go a long way towards keeping Yate moving.”

The £4.5 million project is being funded by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership through the Investment Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.


Yate Park & Ride  -  
How much it costs

Initially, it will be free to park at the site all day.

Charges for parking will be introduced later at £2.60 a day.

Parking will be free for people who are:

Bus users
Parked and charging in an electric vehicle bay
Parked in a disabled bay and displaying a valid Blue Badge