Airport commuters turning roads into ‘huge unruly car parks’

A councilor and residents have accused airport owners of turning parts of Bristol into “huge unregulated car parks” – with vehicles leaving for weeks outside people’s homes for the holidays. Conservative counselor Richard Eddy, who has recently criticized Bristol Airport for eliminating free travel on the airport flyer bus for most OAP discounted passholders, has spoken out again – saying there are “rats” on the deal. The decision of feeling sick about inconsistent parking in Bedminster. Below

The fact that airport passengers are abandoning vehicles on neighborhood streets to catch the same A1 Flyer bus service for £8 per trip and to avoid expensive on-site parking is only adding to the frustration. Bristol Airport owners say they would be happy to work with Clerk Eddie to solve the car parking problem, but any new on-street restrictions would be enforced by the local authority.

In April, Bishopworth Ward Councilor accused the airport of “discriminating against the elderly and the infirm”, with its decision to prevent Diamond Card holders from allowing local travel on the route while accepting paying customers. , Report Bristol Live, He said that although service between the airport, Bristol Bus Station and Temple Meads was mainly for people disembarking flights, it became a “lifeline” for many people in western Bedminster Downs and Highridge Those who have poor public transport.

A deal for a commercial express bus to take locals, as well as airport customers and staff living in South Bristol, was originally negotiated with Bristol City Council. When air passengers were dropped during the pandemic, the A1 flyer was rerouted, it created more stops and residents with the authority’s discounted passes could use them.

But with rising aviation customs, airport managers decided they needed additional capacity again and on April 24 reverted to pre-Covid use of local authority cards. Now clerk Eddie said residential streets such as the top of King’s Head Lane, Marguerite Road and Poplar at Bedminster Down have been inundated by sunseekers in recent weeks.

He said: “The problem of informal airport car parking in this part of Bedminster Down has been an inconvenience for years, but due to the slowdown in the airport’s passenger business during the COVID pandemic and was, to a lesser extent, acknowledged by the community The price payable as part of allowing locals to use the airport flyer is now, of course, the owners of Bristol International Airport favoring the deal by axing the use of the flyer by local residents.

“At the same time, the number of airport commuters’ free parking on residential roads has increased. Homeowners have to endure 24 hours a day parked outside their homes for a week or a fortnight by motorists.

“Last weekend a resident of King’s Walk told me they had a car parked for eight weeks.” Mike Wilcox, homeowner of Kings Head Lane, said: “Last week, practically every car parked at the top of Kings Head Lane was to the airport and there was hardly any room for residents to park.

“We get cars coming and going in the middle of the night, banging their car doors and shoes, keeping people awake.” A Bristol Airport spokesman said: “We would be delighted to work with Count Eddy to address this issue with car parking, but any new parking restrictions would be down to the local authority.

“We are committed to providing a car alternative to passengers traveling to and from Bristol Airport. The A1 Airport Flyer is a busy, dedicated airport service that allows us to travel to and from Bristol’s city centre, bus station and Temple Meads railway station. Combines.

“When air passenger numbers declined during the pandemic, the route of the A1 flyer was temporarily changed, it created more stops, and residents with local council discounted passes were able to use them. Air passenger numbers are now The A1 Airport Flyer has returned as an express service for air passengers and staff, but we are also available for residents in rural areas closest to Bristol Airport and Bristol Airport local concession card holders. To offer discounted bus travel.”

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