Roadworks at the Aztec West Roundabout on the A38 Gloucester Road are set to continue for “two to three weeks” according to an unofficial source at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
Signs notifying motorists of impending work to install a bus lane on the northbound carriageway of the A38 south of the roundabout had been displayed in the vicinity for a number of weeks but many drivers were taken by surprise when lane restrictions were imposed on the roundabout itself on Monday morning.
The closure of one of the three lanes on the roundabout between the Bradley Stoke Way and Aztec West Business Park exits led to massive tailbacks, stretching back onto to the M4 and M5 motorways during the morning rush hour.
The work is also having a knock-on effect on traffic leaving Bradley Stoke, with longer than normal tailbacks being experienced along Bradley Stoke Way.
Traffic leaving the business park during the evening peak hours is also being affected due to the closure of one of the three lanes exiting onto the roundabout.
The work being done on the roundabout itself will add an extra general traffic lane for northbound traffic on the A38 making a right turn into Bradley Stoke Way.
Full details of the project, e.g. its timescale and phasing, were hard to come by on Monday with virtually no relevant information available on the SGC or travel+ websites (a situation since rectified following enquiries by The Journal).
A press release put out by SGC on 19th March (which didn’t reach The Journal) states that the A38 project – part of the £69.8 million Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) scheme – should be completed by “Autumn 2010”.
The Journal Comments
Motorists are right to feel let down by the lack of information made available by SGC in advance of work starting. Putting up signs referencing a website that holds virtually no relevant information is simply not good enough.
The value of the extra general traffic lane on the Aztec West Roundabout will also be questioned by many locals as it will only assist the relatively small number of motorists making a right turn off the northbound A38 into Bradley Stoke.
That will be no substitute for the Aztec West bus priority scheme that would have provided much-needed extra general traffic lanes on Bradley Stoke Way. That earlier proposed scheme was abandoned by SGC after First Group re-routed its 73 service so that it no longer entered the Aztec West Business Park at peak hours.
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