The Vale is uniquely placed to provide high quality public transport connections. New transport links that align with future MetroBus and rail proposals will ensure that sustainable forms of transport are an accessible, attractive and convenient option. Key objectives will include promoting expanded park and ride facilities and ensuring that the Airport is recognised as a strong economic driver and key asset for the region. In terms of strategic highway links, The Vale is well placed in relation to the A370 and A38 road corridors with both routes providing key arterial connections across North Somerset and into Bristol City Centre. The delivery of the South Bristol Link Road provides a much needed piece of strategic infrastructure affording benefits in terms of connectivity and orbital movement and traffic relief to local roads in south Bristol and in Barrow Gurney. Its integration as part of the The Vale’s community will be important to ensure permeability and local connectivity.

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Key Elements of Providing Great Connections

Buses and Public Transport

There is an established network of urban and inter-urban bus services, which serve existing communities in the local area providing links to Bristol City Centre, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and the major transport hubs of Bristol Temple Meads rail station and Bristol International Airport. The Vale would also facilitate an extension of the Metrobus network from Ashton Vale and South Bristol Link Road making a high quality public transport route from the City Centre to Bristol International Airport a real possibility in the future.


The Great Western rail line runs through the site on an east-west alignment, providing links from Bristol Temple Meads to the south-west region. There is also the opportunity to enhance rail connectivity within the local area by the provision of a new station at The Vale as part of MetroWest’s future expansion.

Cycling and Walking

Within the development area there are a number of Rights of Way and public footpaths that provide recreational links and connections from the site to Long Ashton and Ashton Court to the north, Dundry to the south and Barrow Gurney to the west.

The Vale will be designed as walkable neighborhoods where residents can easily and safely walk and cycle to local facilities as well as towards key offsite destinations. The close proximity of Bristol City Centre makes cycling an attractive prospect both for commuting and for recreational use.


The Vale will not only be well connected physically but it will also be underpinned by superfast broadband enabling people to work at home and make use of employment hubs.