Extension to Lansdown Park and Ride in Bath opens today
Nearly 400 extra spaces have today opened at the Lansdown Park and Ride site on the edge of Bath.
The expansion of the facility is part of a £27 million programme which will eventually lead to a 40 per cent increase in the number of park and ride spaces across the city.
Bath and North East Somerset Council’s completion of the extension at Lansdown - two weeks ahead of schedule - takes the total number of spaces there from 493 to 883.
The council has already extended Odd Down Park and Ride by 230 spaces and plans to expand its Newbridge site by 250 spaces in the autumn, although it has been forced to apply for planning permission all over again there following a legal challenge from a local campaign group.
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Some 500,000 people use Lansdown Park and Ride every year, a number which will now increase as a result of the expansion.
B&NES cabinet member for transport Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down) said: “The council views this as a critical expansion of a park and ride site that is usually full by midday with many workers or visitors to Bath travelling from east Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
“This means that drivers arriving after this time cannot use park and ride and must clog up the city centre streets looking for a space, even though they want to use public transport. The completion of this expansion will mean these drivers will be able to find a space.”
The extension is part of the Bath Transportation Package which aims to tackle traffic congestion and improve air quality at a time when nearly 50,000 cars enter Bath every weekday.
Ian Bell, executive director of Bath Chamber of Commerce, said: “Better transport infrastructure is essential if the council is to help business create the right conditions for new jobs and greater prosperity in the area. Customers and staff must be able to get around quickly and conveniently.
“Together with the other improvements in the Bath Transportation Package, the Lansdown expansion is another welcome step in the right direction.”