£60M public transport hub project takes off at Bristol Airport

By Nick Batten on 2 October, 2023

Bristol Airport has begun work on its largest capital project ever, investing over £60m in creating a public transport interchange hub and multi-storey car park.

This transformational project will enhance services and accessibility for customers whether arriving or departing from the airport. Customers using Bristol Airport will notice preparation and enabling works taking place in front of the terminal and within the Northside Car Park. 

The project will provide: 

  • Over £60m investment 
  • New public transportation interchange hub 
  • Additional multi-storey car park 
  • Glazed bridge link between car parks and terminal 
  • Elevating customer comfort with a new waiting area and rest facilities 
  • Enhanced customer facilities including an enlarged Drop Off and Pick Up area 

The investment will provide a significantly enlarged public transport interchange hub, improved internal road system and an additional multi-storey car park providing customer enhancements such as waiting rooms and rest facilities. The project forms part of Bristol Airport’s overall multi-million-pound transformational development plan enabling 12 million passengers a year to use the Airport. 

A major public transport interchange hub will be created for coaches, buses and other forms of public transport on the top level of the multi-storey car park. The public transport interchange hub will more than double the number of bus/coach bays to 16 bays (an increase from the current six bays) enabling the Airport to be one of the region’s largest bus/coach interchanges, and is a major contribution of Bristol Airport’s commitment in improving public transport links across the region. 

The top level of the car park will also provide a dedicated Drop-Off and Pick-up location for family, friends or taxis and provide a new gateway for all customers and with ease of access to the terminal.

The new multi-storey car park will provide over 2000 spaces; state of the art technology; blue badge parking; and will adjoin the existing multi-storey car park. The terminal will be accessed via a glazed pedestrian bridge link with ease of access for customers – all on the same level. Removing the current pedestrian route of using steps and slopes between the car parks and the terminal, enhancing the customer experience whether arriving or departing from Bristol Airport. The internal road improvements and design will segregate pedestrians and vehicles, making it safer for everyone. 

Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Airport, said, “This project is transformational for our customers. It is the largest single capital investment project since the terminal opened in 2000 and will take 18 months to complete. As with all large-scale projects, they are complex and the development work will need to be phased to accommodate the normal day to day Airport operations. During the project, customers will see several temporary changes taking place, including temporary relocation of some car parks and changes to internal roads layouts. We will continue to keep customers informed of the changes via directional signage, customer messaging on car park bookings, the website and on social media.” 

Pictured above: An artist’s impression of the planned development at Bristol Airport