South Bristol Link set for Monday opening

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 January 2017

Queues of traffic getting onto the M5 at Weston.

Queues of traffic getting onto the M5 at Weston.

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A road which will link Bristol Airport to the centre of the city is due to open next week, with council bosses hoping it will alleviate traffic issues for North Somerset’s frustrated motorists.

The £45million South Bristol Link Road has been completed after two years of building, and will open for motorists on tomorrow (Monday).

People travelling to Bristol will be presented with more options for their journey to work or the city’s popular food and shopping facilities.

The road runs along the southern perimeter of the city from Long Ashton to Hengrove Park, linking the often-clogged A370 and A38.

Council bosses hope it will make for smoother journeys for North Somerset’s commuters.

The road aims to reduce traffic issues through the bottleneck in Barrow Gurney which is a popular route to the city centre at peak times.

Journeys to Bristol Airport, too, are expected to be easier for people travelling from Bristol and Wales, as they will be able to avoid the city centre or slower country roads.

People without a car may also benefit through MetroBus, which will use the road to run bus services along the road, including to the A38, where holidaymakers will be able to transfer to the airport.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, hopes it will ease pressure on the district’s road network.

He said: “This will improve access to Bristol Airport from the west and Wales and for our residents who work in south and east Bristol.

“It will also allow us to reduce pressure on Barrow Gurney and other routes between the A370 and A38.”

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