Is Bristol Airport set for expansion?

Bristol Airport has ambitious expansion plans.

Bristol Airport has ambitious expansion plans

Earlier this week, Bristol Airport announced that it has applied to the North Somerset Council for Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) covering 22 pieces of land, to improve road access around the site, as part of its ongoing expansion plans.

The region’s largest airport plans to upgrade the A38 into a dual carriageway in order to deal with the increased capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per year.

Earlier this year, the council rejected plans for expansion to the airport. However, Bristol Airport lodged an appeal against the decision earlier this month.

Prior to the rejection, Business Leader Magazine hosted a roundtable debate regarding the future of the airport and its importance to the South West economy.

The application for the CPOs relates to a patch of land that runs alongside the A38, which the airport wants to widen in order to be able to cope with its planned increase in passenger numbers. Most of the land is currently occupied by hedgerows, grass verges, fields and woodland.

According to the airport, the expansion will contribute to the South West’s economic recovery and create jobs in the region, in the wake of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision on the CPOs will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport in due course.