Park your bike and have a bacon butty

Published on: 02 Oct 2017

AN event was held at the new park and ride site in Lyde Green to encourage more commuters to use the facility.

The Bromley Heath Viaduct team were on hand to give more details about the road works, the bus services that use the site and the provision available for cyclists. Dr Bike was in attendance to give free bike checks. Best of all, the first 100 visitors could also enjoy a free bacon sandwich.

As the Voice reported in August, since the park and ride on Willowherb Road opened in July it has been practically empty on several occasions, with several residents complaining about buses being cancelled or driving past the site without stopping. 

Speaking at the event, Mark King, South Gloucestershire Council’s Head of StreetCare and Transport said: “In light of the Bromley Heath Viaduct works, today’s event is all about encouraging people to leave their cars at home and use their bike or the bus to get to work, in order to help ease traffic congestion in the area.

“So far this morning we have completed four repairs to bikes, and spoken to several people about our free bike loan scheme which is great. 

“We have a fantastic park and ride facility here, and it is a shame that not many people have been using it so far. I hope that as a result of meeting with residents today and answering their questions about the services on offer that it will become a lot busier moving forward.”

Four services (X48, 10, 462 and 86) use the park and ride, with buses going to the centre of Bristol, Temple Meads station, Southmead Hospital, Kingswood and Yate. For detailed timetables, please visit www.travelwest.info.

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