Latest scheme, which is additional to MetroBus, necessary to “mitigate impact of new development,” says council.
A scheme to widen the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout and install new light-controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists across three arms of the roundabout looks set to be implemented from spring next year, with the work expected to last 12 months.
The project is being funded as part of a £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership for the period 2016 to 2021, announced in January 2015.
In a ‘statement of reasons’ document published as part of a public consultation that it has opened on the proposals, South Gloucestershire Council says the work is necessary to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.
The document adds: “The council recognises that the works may cause some disruption and will endeavour to minimise their impact. Further specific details regarding traffic management plans and timescales for the works will be published nearer the time.”
The council says the works are being planned “in coordination” with the MetroBus project that has recently commenced (and involves a significant amount of construction activity very close to the roundabout, particularly on the Bradley Stoke Way arm), but points out that they must be delivered as separate projects.
“This is because they are significantly different in terms of their scope and funding availability. This project also has major differences in utility works that could have a significant impact on the MetroBus programme if the two projects were linked.”
Features of the proposed scheme include:
- Widening of the A38 approach to the roundabout from the North (from Junction 16) to provide six lanes entering the junction (compared to the existing four). This will enable two lanes to be dedicated to each of the key traffic movements (left to Bradley Stoke Way, straight on to the A38 towards Filton, and right turn to the Aztec West Business Park).
- Widening of the eastern side of the circulatory carriageway to provide four lanes through this part of the roundabout (two serving the straight on movement to the A38 south and Filton, and two serving the right turn into Aztec West Business Park).
A full description of the scheme, along with a detailed drawing, can be found on the council’s website at http://bit.ly/aztec-1508
Responses to the consultation can be made by email, post or phone (01454 863717) and must be received by 18th September.
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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