DOUBLE red lines will be installed on a section of the A38 at the start of July to improve road safety.

From Monday, July 3, the red lines will replace the existing double yellows on a section of the road near Bristol Airport. This is to help prevent drop off and pick up parking.

There is only one other set of double red lines in North Somerset, at Ashton Court.

Cllr Hannah Young, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for highways said: "The A38 is a major route and the inconsiderate actions of some drivers are putting the lives of others at risk, creating a safety issue around the airport and causing substantial delays to other motorists.

"We hope these lines will solve the problems and those who ignore the rules will be fined. There will be no tolerance."

Inspector Christian Gresswell from Bristol Airport's policing team added: “We welcome the introduction of this red route and believe it will help reduce the risk of incidents caused by illegal, inconsiderate and dangerous parking.

"Only recently a rider was knocked off his motorbike as a direct result of illegal parking, sustaining significant injuries. This is the type of incident that we are looking to prevent and the red route will assist in making the roads safer for the public.”

Works to install the lines will take place between July 3 and July 7. Traffic lights and lane closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.

Bristol Airport policing team will be enforcing the parking restrictions, and, if you park there, you will be issued with a fine.

People dropping off and picking up from the airport should use the waiting zone at the entrance of the Silver Zone car park. This offers up to one-hour of free parking and provides access to a frequent bus service to the Terminal building. 

Holidaymakers can also access Bristol Airport via public transport routes. Currently, the airport has several scheduled bus services to it, many of which operate 24 hours a day. This means that residents should be able to get to their destinations seamlessly and fine-free.

More information about the bus service can be found on the Travel West website.