Conservative promise delivered: Huge packaging of funding released for South Gloucestershire

The commitment to see a Yate Park and Ride delivered as part of Local MP Luke Hall’s “Get South Gloucestershire Moving” campaign took another step toward delivery this week after full funding was provided to deliver a Yate Park and Ride, with additional funding towards a full outline case for the 30 minute service to Bristol from Yate - approved by the West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and Conservative run South Gloucestershire Council.

The Get South Gloucestershire Moving campaign was launched by the MP in 2016 with a town-wide survey in Yate, and was recently followed up in further infrastructure surveys across the area by the MP in 2018.

The announcement has now meant that the following funds have been released;

·        £900,000 to fund a full outline plan for a new Charfield Station

·        £3.519 Million for regional train services – including the Yate 30 minute service.

·        £4 million to design, plan and construct a Yate Park and Ride.

The plan has now developed into a range of transport improvements which have won support across the Community including;

·        Delivering Junction 18A on the M4

·        Completing the Road to Nowhere

·        By-passes from the North Avon Ring Road through Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath.

·        Finishing the Yate to Bristol Cycle Path

·        Putting in place an A38 package for Thornbury

·        Tormarton Park and Share

·        And investigating options for the ‘Heron Way’ right hand turn.

The results showed the Yate Park and Ride, and the 30 minute train service to Bristol as a high priority for local people meaning that local Conservatives placed the proposals at the heart of their local elections campaign, as part of a wider Positive Plan involving Health, Education and transport for South Gloucestershire communities in May.

The backing through funding provided by Mayor Bowles will now place resources behind the scheme to fully deliver the project from technical work on design, planning and other elements required being completed – as well as spades in the ground construction.

Mayor Tim Bowles said;

Conservatives in our region at every level; from Councillor Toby Savage as Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, to myself as Mayor and Local MPs such as Luke Hall, are working flat out to deliver for the region on transport. Working alongside each other we are pressing every part of Government to get that investment in place – and this funding for a Yate Park and Ride, and the 30 minute service from a new Charfield Station, and Yate is just the latest example of united and successful working”

Councillor Toby Savage added;

Where many others have failed our communities on transport we are getting on and delivering as we promised. It is just not good enough to keep on ‘talking’ about much needed transport projects – we need to get on with it and this is what announcement does – delivering on our promises”

Local MP Luke Hall said; “With residents support as part of our Get South Gloucestershire Moving campaign we are now seeing a real renewed focus on this aspect of our positive plan. With backing at every level, we’re seeing results. I am determined to see our campaign through until we have a transport system that community expects and deserves.”