There is an increasing argument that the stadium debate has dragged on so long now (and will continue to do so) that the conditions under which permission was granted have changed considerably. The transport plan is completely out of date and no longer fit for purpose:
1) The transport plan for the stadium took no account of the extra traffic created by the airport expansion, which will put 11,000 extra car journeys on to the local roads each day.
2) The Sainsbury’s transport plan also showed a significant increase in expected traffic, and that wasn’t factored in to the stadium traffic plans either.
3) As far as I know, we still haven’t heard whether there will be any funding for the BRT route that was fundamental to the plans.
4) The fans have recently lost use of the South Liberty Lane parking area which reportedly held up to 1000 cars and fans could catch a bus from there. It is now owned by Network Rail, who are actively using the site. Those extra cars will now have to find on-street parking, and that wasn’t factored in to the existing transport plan.
5) The club has still failed to get agreement for fans to park in the Long Ashton Park and Ride area on match days. Again, this was an intrinsic part of the transport plan which hasn’t materialised.
6) The travel plan failed to look at the availability of on-street parking around the new site. Once it is moved to the edge of the city, fans will end up parking much further away and walking in: http://anthonybutcher.com/2011/02/new-stadium-walk-and-park-zones/
7) The club has only allowed £200,000 for the establishment and monitoring of the two residents’ parking zones in Long Ashton and Ashton Vale. However, the RPZ for Kingsdown (about the same size) that was recently set up cost £589,000 just to create.
Given all of these factors, the existing transport plan, which was already over-optimistic at best, needs a complete overhaul and re-examination before any work starts.