Local MP Jack Lopresti has arranged an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss traffic congestion caused by the MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke, which he says “have gone on for too long”.
The move comes just days after Mr Lopresti’s efforts to put pressure on South Gloucestershire Council to alleviate the problems were heavily criticised in scores of comments on a post he made his own Facebook page.
The MP’s copying and pasting of a statement from the faceless MetroBus organisation stating that there are “no alternatives to the current traffic measures” was widely condemned, with one commenter accusing him of propagating “a pack of lies” from the contractor and another telling him to “go back and think of another response because this [one] is a joke”.
A new statement released by the MP’s office this afternoon (Monday 21st November) states:
Jack Lopresti MP has called an urgent meeting with those responsible for the MetroBus works in Bradley Stoke which are causing major road congestion. Representatives from the road contractors, MetroBus and South Gloucestershire Council (including the lead councillor responsible for transport in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Colin Hunt), along with the local Bradley Stoke councillors, have all been invited to a meeting in Jack’s office this week in order to find a solution.
Jack has also arranged to have an urgent meeting this evening with the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to bring this issue to his attention and call for his intervention.
Mr Lopresti is quoted as saying:
“As a resident of Almondsbury and with an office in Bradley Stoke, I fully understand, have experienced and share the total frustration of people stuck in traffic jams during commuting hours without much evidence, it seems, of work actually taking place on the MetroBus route. Constituents have reported to me that whilst they are stuck in their cars in traffic jams they have seen workmen asleep on the site.”
“This evening, in my meeting with the Secretary of State, I will be urging him to intervene and put pressure on South Gloucestershire Council and the contractors to get a grip of the situation to complete the works as quickly as possible.”
“The works have gone on for too long and are not being done with due understanding and appreciation for people who have to get in and out of Bradley Stoke every day. The MetroBus works need to be completed as quickly as possible with the minimum disruption to local residents.”
The MetroBus roadworks on Bradley Stoke Way began on 2nd September 2015, with the closure of the Woodlands Lane junction for an estimated 18 weeks. The latest indications from Contractors Alun Griffiths are that the junction will not be fully reopened until early in 2017 (more in our December magazine).
To share your MetroBus concerns with Mr Lopresti, visit the Contact Jack page on his website.
• The Journal will also be approaching South Gloucestershire Council, for a statement to use in our December magazine. Readers are invited to submit questions and suggestions for forwarding to the council. Please send them to email@example.com, including “[MetroBus]” in the subject.
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