Conservative councillors have welcomed as ‘better late than never’ the news that Bath’s Newbridge Park and Ride has been given the green-light to expand.
An application to expand the Park and Ride by 250 spaces was granted permission by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Development Control Committee last Wednesday, 20th November.
Previous plans to expand the site by 500 spaces were abandoned by the Council’s Liberal Democrat administration in 2011, meaning the expected completion date for work is now almost eighteen months behind schedule and up to £250,000 over the original budget.
Conservative shadow Transport spokesman, Cllr Anthony Clarke, said:
“We’re pleased that work can finally now get started on the long-awaited expansion of the Newbridge Park and Ride. It’s around eighteen months behind schedule and anything up to a quarter of a million pounds over budget, but better late than never as they say.
“Creating more spaces at Bath’s Park and Rides will play an important role in tackling congestion by encouraging commuters and visitors out of their cars and onto the buses. What we now need is for the Council to shift its attention to the need to build a Park and Ride to the east of the city. We have had endless unfulfilled promises from the Lib Dems on this subject, so it’s time they got on with it.”