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Boost public transport connections to Bristol Airport instead of more cars, say campaigners

9 June 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to reports that Bristol Airport is seeking permission to bring forward the expansion of one of its car parks to create space for more than 3000 extra cars.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"Expanded car parking is the wrong solution to Bristol airport's problems. More parking will simply generate more traffic with knock-on effects on local roads, while finding a parking place adds stress and expense for passengers. 

"CAA figures show that fewer than 1 in 5 passengers flying from Bristol arrive by bus and only around 1 in 100 by rail. There's a massive missed opportunity to promote public transport connections, such as the Airport Flyer Express bus service to Bristol Temple Meads, which provide more reliable options for travellers and are better for the environment. 

"Without easy access, airports risk creating more transport problems than they solve.  It's vital that more of the country's airports, including Bristol, have adequate public transport connections, including rail.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Civil Aviation Authority transport modes to airports stats here
  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).