What is Bristol International Airport planning to do?
passenger flights and a total of 76000 flights.
passenger flights and a total of over 100,000 flights per year.
hours, but of course there will be far busier times than this average implies.
technical improvement in the noise per plane should be anticipated in the next
decade. The number of commercial flights is to increase by over 40%.
night with a peak of 25.
this is hiding a planned increase of 50% during the summer months, just when sleep
is harder and windows likely to be open.
the number of early and late flights will increase. Not only will this generate
more air noise, but the traffic on local roads during the night will increase
and will start to clash with morning work traffic.
15% using public transport, there will still be an extra 2m car journeys every
year, plus more traffic due to staff and deliveries including around 25 tankers
of fuel each day.
space to the South of the airport. Despite BIA agreeing to double deck and conceal
the northern car park, they have decided instead to have a more obtrusive multistorey
and still expand to the south.
improvements. This may sound like a lot, but in reality it is a very small amount.
To achieve the 15% of 10m passengers by public transport they are relying on an
extension of the Bus Rapid Transit from central Bristol. Not only has this scheme
not received planning permission, it has not even made it onto local funding priorities.
The scheme would cost at least £50m and be almost exclusively to the benefit of
BIA, so the £3m they might chip in seems remarkably low. The remainder would have
to come from regional transport budgets and reduce the funds available to relieve
congestion and speed environmentally friendly transport throughout the region.
proposals in detail.