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Ring Road traffic hell set to start on Monday

Posted on Friday 21st July 2017 at 6:43 pm by SH (Editor)

The two Bromley Heath Viaducts which carry the A4174 Ring Road over the River Frome.

Commuters in north Bristol are being warned to expect significant additional delays on roads throughout the area when South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) commences repairs to the Bromley Heath Viaduct in the final week of July.

The A4174 Ring Road near Hambrook is to be reduced to 50 percent capacity (one lane each way instead of two) for an estimated 33 weeks from the weekend of 22nd/23rd July.

The project was originally expected to take 52 weeks to complete, but a recent decision by the West of England Joint Committee to allocate additional funding of £2.8m means that it has been possible to reduce its duration. This will be achieved by carrying out the work over dual weekday shifts, with some weekend work as and when required.

Cllr Colin Hunt, SGC Cabinet member responsible for transport, said:

“Reducing the length of the work will help to alleviate congestion and the impact of diversions on local communities, commuters and people travelling through the area. We know the scheme will cause significant disruption for people but we are trying everything we can to mitigate this.”

The work is required in order to undertake essential maintenance on one of two parallel viaducts that carry the road over the River Frome between the Hambrook lights and Bromley Heath Roundabout.

The southern viaduct, which carries the westbound carriageway, is in need of: pier strengthening, bearing replacement, drainage improvements, waterproofing, parapet and safety fence replacement, concrete repairs, and abnormal load carrying capacity improvements.

A separate major project to provide a wider shared path and a protective barrier for cyclists and pedestrians using the viaduct will be carried out concurrently with the repairs.

More: Points to note for Bradley Stoke commuters »

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SGC hit by a further £2.8 million overspend on MetroBus build

Posted on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 11:07 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus construction at Woodlands Lane: Gas main and complex cable ducting have caused delays.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has been dealt a further body blow to its finances with the news that construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus scheme is now projected to come in nearly £16m over budget, an increase of £4.6m since the last figures were released in November 2016.

The latest numbers, originating from the MetroBus Project Review Board, are revealed in a report that was due to be considered by SGC’s Cabinet on 10th July.

The estimated total cost of the project, which is jointly funded by central government, SGC and Bristol City Council, is now put at £117.9m, up 15.8% on the original budget of £101.8m.

Because of the way the funding is arranged, with the government contribution being fixed at £51.1m and SGC committed to covering 61 percent of the remainder, SGC’s projected total contribution has now risen to £40.3m, up 32.1% on its original budget of £30.5m.

Reasons given for the latest increase in forecast cost include:

  • Additional delays to the completion of Bradley Stoke Way, due to further unforeseen utility diversion work
  • Additional earthwork requirements on the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL) and the Ham Brook Bridge
  • Additional delay costs to the SGTL due to interfaces with Network Rail
  • Delays in obtaining Highways England approvals for work on the M32
  • Delay costs and additional construction costs relating to piling in the city centre
  • Increases in project and site management costs due to the longer than expected duration of the project

More: £0.5m will be diverted from council’s revenue underspend »

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Overnight closures of A38 and Aztec West Roundabout from Monday

Posted on Sunday 16th July 2017 at 1:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of matrix sign at Aztec West.

Over the last few weeks, South Gloucestershire Council’s traffic signals team have been installing new traffic signals infrastructure to replace the old equipment on the Aztec West Roundabout. It was anticipated that these works would be substantially completed and the new equipment turned on by the first week in July. The new left-turn MetroBus lane between Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 southbound will remain closed whilst commissioning and final snagging works are carried out.

The completion date for the Aztec West Roundabout / A38 Widening Scheme delivered by StreetCare is Autumn 2017. StreetCare will be undertaking the resurfacing of the A38 between M5 J16 and the Aztec West roundabout from Monday 17th July for a period of three weeks. The work is being done overnight between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption and will involve closing the A38 northbound and southbound. Advance signing and diversions for traffic will be in place.

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Latest information from SGC (14th July)

The areas to be resurfaced (and requiring road closures) will be as follows:

  • A38 southbound From M5 Junction 16 to Aztec West Roundabout
  • A38 northbound From Aztec West Roundabout to M5 Junction 16
  • Aztec West roundabout circulatory.

Some or all of the above roads may be closed at any one time.

All traffic exiting Bradley Stoke Way at Aztec West roundabout will be required to turn left (south) down the A38 and follow appropriate diversions.

There will always be access and egress maintained to Park Avenue (Aztec West Business Park).

More: Details of bus service diversions »

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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football 2017

Posted on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 10:43 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of children waiting to receive awards.

On Saturday 10th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) hailed the success of their latest Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools and 45 Year 2 children from the BSYFC teams. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified Level 1 and 2 coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June.

The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,650 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,000 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Iron Acton and Stoke Lodge.

Football Festival organiser Martin Lee said:

“The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”

More: Festival award winners and team photos »

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