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27 November 2013, 06:00
Bristol City Council will vote on plans to give the final stage of the South Bristol Link road the go ahead at its planning meeting tonight.
The first element of the link, which runs between the A370 near Long Ashton to the Cater Road roundabout in Hartcliffe, was approved by North Somerset Council planning committee earlier this month.
The final stage will be decided by Bristol City planning committee today.
The scheme is one of the five major transport schemes which have secured £244 million from the Department of Transport and will significantly improve transport and accessibility with a strong emphasis on public transport.
The scheme will provide a road for vehicles, clyle and pedestrian paths and dedicated bus lanes to provide fast efficient public transport connecting South Bristol, North Somerset and Bristol Airport to the city and wider region.
Transport experts have calculated that the South Bristol link should unlock approximately 2,500 jobs. It puts 1,00 residents within a 20 minute MetroBus journey of central Bristol, improving access to work opportunities in North Bristol.
It also provides additional links to Bristol Airport and significantly reduced public transport journey times to and from the airport.