The closure of a short section of Woodlands Lane, where it meets Bradley Stoke Way, is likely to last nearly three times longer than originally anticipated, MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths have announced.
The road closure, associated with the construction of new bus lanes on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route, came in effect on 2nd September and was originally planned to last for 18 weeks, but local residents were informed last Friday that “unforeseen circumstances” have led to the closure being extended by an estimated seven months.
As reported in the December edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, problems with a shallow depth gas main and an unexpectedly large and complex network of pre-existing underground cable ducts have meant that a revised design has become necessary for the Bradley Stoke Way / Woodlands Lane junction, meaning it will take longer to complete than originally planned.
In a letter sent to residents directly affected by the closure, Carys Gwillym, community liaison officer for Alun Griffiths, wrote:
“I wish to make you aware that due to unforeseen circumstances which has led to design change and programme extension, it has become necessary for Woodlands Lane to remain closed until approximately August 2016. Access will remain via Patchway Brook Roundabout.”
“Please be assured, we are making all efforts to complete the work in a timely manner and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding, it really is appreciated.”
The impact of the delay on MetroBus construction work planned for other sections of Bradley Stoke Way throughout 2016 and non-MetroBus related roadworks planned for the Aztec West Roundabout from spring/summer 2016 is not yet clear.
A public drop-in session has been arranged at the Jubilee Centre on Thursday 14th January, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, “to answer any queries or questions you may have for the contractors regarding the MetroBus construction works”.
For more information, visit The Journal’s dedicated MetroBus Build page.
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