The completion of a Bristol link road is expected to give a boost to previously hard-to-get-to parts of the city, one of the region’s leading commercial agents has claimed.
Scheduled to open in just under a year, the south Bristol link road — running from the Hengrove Park roundabout through Bishopsworth and across Highridge Common to join the A370 at the bottom of the Long Ashton bypass — has been designed to ease the traffic pressure on “blighted” suburban areas and give badly needed access to potential investment sites.
Although the new road will stop well short of Junctions 18, 19 and 21 of the M5 motorway at least the remaining section of these journeys will be on recognised trunk roads rather than country lanes or through housing estate rat runs, explained Paul Williams (pictured), from Bruton Knowles’ Bristol office.
Alongside the link road project, next year will also see the opening of the city’s MetroBus routes, planned to run from the A370 across to Hengrove Park.
“This is a step change in connectivity for this hitherto neglected section of the city’s transport infrastructure and we expect to see new businesses taking another look at South Bristol’s emerging business hubs — which historically have been limited by poor transport links and low investment,” Williams added.
“The Bottle Yard Studio has already demonstrated that it is possible to develop and run a successful film and television production business in the area and, along with the now open Filwood Green Business Park, we believe the long awaited renaissance of South Bristol is well underway.
“We also expect that another consequence of the new link will be sharpened demand for further quality accommodation, which could mean new build or major refurbishment programmes around Bristol’s long neglected southern fringe.”
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