A new northbound bus lane on the A38 Gloucester Road between Patchway and Aztec West has entered service following months of construction and associated traffic disruption.
Work on the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) funded scheme started in April 2010 and was originally due to finish by October but “engineering issues” and “adverse weather conditions” saw its completion slip to the end of February this year.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the new bus lane, combined with improvements to bus stops, pedestrian access and road widening, will improve the reliability of bus services and also improve the experience for bus users and reduce congestion for all road users.
The service lane between the Little Stoke junction and Hempton Lane has been converted to a peak-time only bus lane between 7:30am – 9.30am and 4pm – 7pm.
The existing carriageway from Hempton Lane to the Aztec West Roundabout has also been widened to accommodate a new bus lane.
Taxis, motorcycles and cyclists are also permitted to use the bus lanes.
Further improvements include:
- The bus stop on the A38 northbound near to the roundabout has been relocated adjacent to the pedestrian access to the business park to improve access
- The existing pedestrian crossing point on the approach to the roundabout is upgraded to enable cyclists to use it
- An additional on-carriageway cycle lane on the southbound A38 from Aztec West Roundabout
- An additional traffic lane on the roundabout for all traffic heading right toward Woodlands Lane via Bradley Stoke Way
A similar improvement scheme has also recently been completed at Great Stoke Way, near the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford.
Cllr Brian Allinson, SGC’s executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment said:
“These new improvements are fantastic news for all road users. The bus lanes and road improvements will improve the punctuality of local bus services, the cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings and improved road layout will also benefit all other road users.”
“We are over half way through delivering the ten showcase corridors with our partner authorities and First and we are well on track to delivering this by spring 2012.”
Tony McNiff, Managing Director, First Bristol, Somerset and Avon, added:
“Delivery of the Greater Bristol Bus Network is now well underway, and the benefits are already being felt. We welcome all these new measures as they help ensure that bus services keep to time, reducing the effect of peak hour traffic congestion on services – something that both we, and all our customers, really appreciate.”
The Gloucester Road and Great Stoke Way schemes are both part of the Cribbs Causeway to Bristol showcase route, which runs along the 73 bus service route that serves Bradley Stoke.
SGC says the improvements will also benefit the following services:
- 309/310 Thornbury to Bristol
- 312 Thornbury to Bristol Parkway and Fishponds
- 318/9 Cribbs Causeway to Keynsham and Bath
- 483 Chipping Sodbury to Cribbs Causeway
- 517/8 Emersons Green to Avonmouth and Shirehampton
- 581 Hanham to Chipping Sodbury
- 625 Severn Beach to the University of the West of England, Frenchay campus
The GBBN project is a £70 million investment, part funded by the Department for Transport, to develop ten showcase bus routes across the region.
Photo L-R: Cllr Brian Allinson (Executive Member, South Gloucestershire Council) and Tony McNiff (Managing Director, First Bus Bristol, Somerset and Avon) welcome the opening of the A38 bus lane near the Aztec West Roundabout.
Footnote: Timings of the traffic signals on the Aztec West Roundabout appear to have been altered since the new bus lane was opened. If you have noticed any impact, less us know via the comments form below.
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