Rumours that the only major road in and out of Bradley Stoke from the north is to be closed for up to eighteen months are unfounded, the Journal can reveal.
Social media channels have been buzzing since a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) was published earlier this week on the website of Bradley Stoke Town Council announcing the closure of the section of Bradley Stoke Way between the Aztec West Roundabout and Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) for “a maximum period of eighteen months”.
The order, which is operative from 19th September 2016, adds that the closure is required in connection with works to resurface the carriageway and “may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessitated by the works which are anticipated to be of 15 WEEKS duration”.
Although the order has been published on the town council website, it originates from the Legal, Governance and Democratic Services department of South Gloucestershire Council.
Investigations by the Journal have confirmed that the planned road closure is necessary to allow final resurfacing work to be carried out on areas that have been affected by the construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus scheme. However, a spokesperson for MetroBus contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd has confirmed that it is their intention to only close the road on selected nights over the anticipated 15-week period:
“To give maximum flexibility, the traffic order allows for the closure to last for a maximum of eighteen months starting 19th September 2016. However, it is currently anticipated that the work will be completed within a 15-WEEK period, with the road being closed (and signed diversions being in place) ONLY AT NIGHT. Furthermore, it is anticipated that it will only be necessary to close the road on selected nights. This should only be for several nights out of the 15-week period. Signage will put out giving adequate notice of the exact dates and times of these closures.”
A similar comment from Griffiths, beginning “Just to allay any fears,” was added to the notice on the town council website yesterday (Friday 22nd July).
Look out for more news on the progress of MetroBus project in the August edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, out next weekend.
Image: Detail from the traffic management plan accompanying the TTRO.
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