Bruton Knowles believe the new link will provide a shot in the arm for South Bristol’s rapidly recovering commercial sector.
Head of Agency Paul Williams said the scheme – which will link the Cater Road roundabout in Bishopsworth with the A370 at the bottom of the Long Ashton bypass – was a potential lifeline for commuters, visitors and businesses alike.
He said: “This scheme has been on the drawing board for years - one of the main reasons why South Bristol has been held back for so long in comparison to other parts of the city.
“Commercial property values have always been significantly lower this side of the river because of the poor road layout and the pinch points getting across the Avon.”
Paul Williams said the new route would provide a much-needed link for the fast developing business communities springing up in previously underachieving districts.
“The South Bristol Link will connect new businesses springing up in South Bristol’s Golden Triangle, helping them compete with firms on the city’s northern fringes which have enjoyed virtually instant access to the M4, M5 and Avon Ring Road.
“Businesses and visitors to popular locations such as the Bottle Yard and new Filwood Green Business Park will be able to rely on a trunk road from Bishopsworth to the Long Ashton bypass rather than having to negotiate the pinch points at Winterstoke Road, Bristol Bridge or Temple Meads.
“Because of the historically poor transport links in the past many occupiers have been deterred from locating here, and as a result investors have been reluctant to support the many local business parks - which has left South Bristol with high levels of secondary stock.
“We believe one consequence of the new link will be sharpened demand for further quality accommodation, which could mean new build or major refurbishment programmes.
“It’s great to see new projects such as the Filwood Green Business Park, which will provide a range of starter offices and workshop spaces. Due to open this month it will transform the way the area is viewed.
“South Bristol has always offered a large and skilled workforce many of whom would love to have access to job opportunities close to home, and a wide range of commercial options.
What it has lacked is a direct link to the wider road network – connecting the new businesses which are creating so many jobs in previously struggling districts.”
For further details contact Paul Matthews on 0117 287 2101 or via email at paul.matthews@@brutonknowles.co.uk