Local MP Luke Hall is celebrating a further success of his Positive Plan for South Gloucestershire, with the announcement that half hourly train services between Yate, Gloucester and Bristol are now on the cards, following a decision by Metro Mayor Tim Bowles.
Luke has been campaigning diligently for this since 2014, alongside Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, in a bid to improve transport links between Yate and Bristol.
The decision was agreed by the West of England Combined Authority Conservative and spearheaded by Metro Mayor Tim Bowles. The have agreed to extend the second phase of the new MetroWest rail network and work towards doubling the frequency of services on the line, rather than stopping at Yate as previously planned.
This is the latest successful campaigns to improve transport links at the station. At the start of the year Tim Bowles also confirmed that the station is due to receive £160,000. This funding will be used for a range of improvements such as investment in new shelters, which Luke Hall has personally campaigned for.
This has been hailed a success for local commuters who live in Gloucester and Yate, who will be able to get a train ever half hour to Bristol.
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said:
“My MetroWest rail network is going to revolutionise the way that people move around the region, giving us the sort of railway network that we need so we can cut congestion, improve air quality and give people a viable alternative to using the car.
“I’ve been working with Conservative colleagues since I came to office to get these faster, more frequent services delivered and I’m pleased that we’ve managed to change the scope of MetroWest to work towards improving these connections.”
Luke Hall said:
“As the first MP ever to live in Yate, I know how congested our roads can be, and I have consistently fought for better transport schemes and links for our towns, such as half-hourly train from Yate to Bristol.
This announcement really is a huge success for our town. It will improve connections for Yate and Sodbury residents commuting into Bristol and Gloucester.
As our Metro Mayor, I know that Tim Bowles has worked incredibly hard to ensure the success of this campaign, guaranteeing that half hourly trains from Yate become a reality for our local commuters.”