Bristol Airport in the UK has submitted plans to the North Somerset Council for the development of a new multi-million-pound public transport interchange (PTI) facility.

The new facility is expected to improve airport accessibility for passengers and staff who travel by public transport.

According to the plan, the PTI will be located on the site of the existing Drop and Go Zone to facilitate access to the terminal, situated adjacent to the site, and other associated facilities.

The Drop and Go Zone will be transferred to the existing car parking area to the north of the terminal, adjacent to the multi-storey car park.

Specifically, the project will include the construction of a dedicated building encompassing a passenger concourse, a covered walkway from the PTI to the terminal and a new taxi rank and taxi service reception.

It will also lead to the development of new pedestrian routes and vehicle access, as well as improved capacity for public transport vehicles. Installation of electric charging units, food and beverage offerings and toilet facilities are also part of the work programme.

Bristol Airport CEO Dave Lees said: “The proposed new public transport interchange will enhance the accessibility of the airport for passengers and staff using public transport.

“Sustainability and greener growth is at the heart of Bristol Airport’s plans and this development supports our ambitions to become carbon neutral for direct emissions by 2025 and a net zero airport by 2050.

“The PTI will deliver a substantial improvement in the public transport offering at the airport.”

Owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Bristol Airport serves the regions of South West and Wales.

In April, the airport opened a drive-in Covid-19 testing centre for National Health Service (NHS) workers.