South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened what is likely to be the final series of public consultations on proposals to introduce extensive new bus lanes on various sections of Bradley Stoke Way.
The proposed bus lanes form part of the proposed North Fringe to Hengrove (NFHP) MetroBus Scheme, which was granted planning permission last year.
MetroBus represents a major investment in public transport, which SGC hopes will change the way people travel throughout South Gloucestershire and Bristol. It aims to create a new network of high frequency bus routes with fast and reliable services linking key areas of housing, jobs, and shopping.
The NFHP scheme will link south Bristol with Cribbs Causeway and Emersons Green via the city centre. Locally, buses will travel from the Ring Road (A4174) along the yet-to-be-constructed Stoke Gifford By-Pass before traversing the full length of Bradley Stoke Way up to the Aztec West Roundabout.
The project will see a number of sections of new bus lane constructed along Bradley Stoke Way, including a long stretch running from the end of the existing bus lane adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre up to Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi). There will also be major changes on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout and reconfiguration of the Woodlands Lane junction.
Publication of the formal Traffic Regulation Orders follows a period of informal consultation held from November 2014 to January 2015, which gave residents an early opportunity to view the plans and submit comments. A report on that consultation can be viewed here.
Traffic Regulation Orders (SGC website):
- Waiting restrictions on Bradley Stoke Way
- Bus lane in lengths of Bradley Stoke Way and Great Stoke Way and a short length of Gloucester Road
- Prohibition of access to the Willow Brook Centre from Bradley Stoke Way for all vehicles other than buses
The consultation period for the above orders runs until Monday 9th March 2015.
For further traffic regulation orders relating to the proposed Stoke Gifford Transport Link (By-Pass), see:
The consultation documents are also available to view at Bradley Stoke Library during normal opening hours.
Related link: North Fringe Rapid Transit (The Journal)
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