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Bristol Airport to introduce new public transport services to Nailsea and Clevedon

Created: 8th Aug 2019

Bristol Airport announces plans to trial a new, innovative public transport service for passengers and staff. One service will provide a new connection from Nailsea and Backwell train station to the Airport.

Bristol Airport to introduce new public transport services to Nailsea and Clevedon 
Whilst another service will start in Clevedon, stopping at Yatton train station and Cleeve en route to the Airport. The new services will be timetabled on dedicated routes and will reflect both the flight schedule and employee rosters allowing for a 24 hour, seven day a week service. Both routes will operate a ‘demand response’ shuttle service to optimize journey times and maximise the convenience of the services for customers.

Both services will be simple to use and tickets for travel will be ordered in advance on a pre-booked basis. Trials for both services may start as early as 2020 for a six-month period allowing Bristol Airport to gauge the level of interest in the services.

The commitment to trial new public transport routes from Nailsea and Clevedon to the Airport is included in the airport’s latest proposals which would accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of 10 million passengers a year. North Somerset Council is currently considering a planning application for facilities required to handle 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

James Shearman, Head of Sustainability at Bristol Airport, said: “We continue to listen to feedback from our local communities on the need to improve public transport services to the Airport and since 2011 we’ve invested £8 million in transport improvements. The new services will provide an innovative, flexible and competitively priced service, with discounts available for staff working at the Airport.

“We are committed to exploring new public transport alternatives where these are economically viable.

“The Bristol Flyer started life as a minibus when the service commenced and has grown in popularity to the extent that in 2018 over 800,000 journeys were made. We’re hopeful the trials will be as successful.”

The Nailsea and Clevedon on demand public transport service forms part of a multi-million pound package designed to mitigate the traffic impacts associated with growth to 12mppa by improving the transport system for communities around the airport. This will, include highway improvements, support for new bus and coach services and infrastructure, a new bus lane on the A38 and significant
investment in electric vehicle charging.

Bristol Airport has recently published its plans in setting out how it will achieve its ambition to be a net zero airport and accelerating efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. It sets ambitious targets which would put Bristol at the forefront of carbon reduction in the UK airport sector.

Bristol Airport was set to be carbon neutral by 2030 for all emissions under its direct control (primarily from electricity, gas and ground vehicles). The Carbon plan brings this target forward to 2025. The Airport’s ultimate objective is to become net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by leading European airports, to which Bristol was amongst the first signatories.