Skip to content

Station Road

Station Road is an important historic route through Yate. It faces several challenges due to its conflicting role as both an important connector of local destinations and its role as a through route for longer distance trips for general traffic and heavy goods vehicles.

There is an opportunity to improve Station Road for residents and businesses and help it to reach its potential as a place, while improving its function as a movement corridor by introducing a number of options across four key principles.

Community and placemaking

Building on the range of diverse businesses, homes and community facilities, the masterplan looks at Station Road as a street, allowing opportunities for neighbours to chat, spaces for formal and informal meetings and events, with outdoor spaces for cafes and restaurants. Local residents and communities have the opportunity to gain back the space needed for these activities.

  • Community-led placemaking, where local residents create space for events and enhance their environment by temporarily using spaces, such as vacant plots.
  • Spill out space for businesses to allow them to showcase their products or provide seating areas for customers to attract more footfall to the street.
  • Alternative spaces for parking to prevent parked cars from blocking the view of local shops from pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Access for residents to their homes via a number of different types of transport modes, including buses and cycling.
  • A Station Road fund could be explored to allow for residents and local businesses to improve their building facades, gardens, and fences to enhance the public realm and image of the street.

Sustainable travel

Transforming Station Road into an active and public transport corridor to encourage the use of sustainable modes, such as cycling, walking/wheeling and bus. This will allow residents and local communities to gain back some of the space that has been lost to cars and heavy goods vehicles. This space could be better used for sustainable travel, including:

  • Space for buggies so that footways on both sides of Station Road are wide and safe enough for parents to walk their young children to school, the shops, or the park.
  • Space for wheelchairs so that Yate becomes accessible for all, with clear footways free from clutter and obstacles, well-signposted and safe crossing points.
  • Safe cycle lanes that are segregated from other modes of travel, well-lit and clearly marked, both on the lane and on crossings with other vehicles.
  • Bus priority to improve the convenience, reliability and journey times of bus services and make them more attractive for trips to key destinations.
  • Bus shelters as places, to provide shelter from the weather with attractive and comfortable seating. They could also have a green roof to enhance biodiversity along the street. More attractive bus shelters could help to encourage people to use public transport.
  • Clear signage and wayfinding to improve the overall sense of safety and security for pedestrians and cyclists. Attractive and clear routes could make walks more pleasant and encourage people to use them more frequently so that people choose more active and healthy ways of moving through Yate.
  • A coherent system of street furniture, such as waste bins, benches, signage, and bus shelters which are designed together and help to improve the appearance of the street and provide a sense of place and identity for Yate.

Climate change mitigation

Helping to mitigate some of the issues associated with traditional roads, such as rainwater runoff, heat island effect (where the temperature increases due to the road and radiates heat off its surface), and lack of biodiversity. There are principles that can help to address these issues including:

  • Large trees for shading and to absorb CO2 as they grow, helping Yate to offset some of the town's carbon. They would also increase the attractiveness of the street and make seasons visible for residents and visitors.
  • Sustainable drainage systems as an attractive way to catch and gradually drain rainwater slowly into the ground rather than the sewers. This water can then be used for plants and trees to grow.
  • Permeable pavements to allow for better drainage. These are often used in car parking areas to allow rainwater to gradually seep into the ground. It also allows for grass to grow in these areas.

Biodiversity gain

Improving the range of plants, flowers, trees and insects along the road. This could be supported at Station Road by implementing the following measures:

  • Encouraging a diverse mix of tree species, which could give Station Road a special character and identity.
  • Introducing a broad mix of plants, flowers, and shrubs along the street edge to encourage pollinator insects to thrive in an urban setting.
  • Building on the important network of hedges along the boundaries of residential properties to enrich biodiversity and improve the appearance of the street.

Green roof bus stops to provide an attractive place to wait and make use of under used space to enhance flora and fauna in the street.

You can respond to the consultation online here:

Have your say