MetroBus build: May progress report

Photo of MetroBus construction work near Great Stoke Roundabout.

By Jim Aitken, community liaison officer at Alun Griffiths Ltd.

Bradley Stoke Way (BSW)

All carriageway surfacing is now complete, including road markings and anti-skid. Landscaping is now taking place along BSW to the verge and swale areas, forming the embankments’ profiles so they may receive turfing and planting – this is very weather dependent. It is our intention to clear our compound area in Woodlands Lane and re-open this cycle / footpath in early June.

A38 south of Aztec West

The northbound MetroBus stop should take approximately another two weeks to complete. Surfacing to the southbound widening has now been completed and this is awaiting road marking. Additionally, an anti-skid surface will need to be applied after the six-week wearing-off period.

South of Patchway Brook

The bus lane will remain closed to allow for various ongoing traffic management switches so that landscaping and re-profiling works to the swales and verges can be completed, along with turfing and further tree/shrub planting.

Great Stoke Roundabout

Earthworks and road excavation are both 95 percent complete and drainage installation has commenced. The works do not impede the flow of traffic along this stretch and, as such, we will re-sequence our programme so that elements of some work can take place within the summer school holiday period. This will mean there is less traffic and lessen safety concerns as we tie the new road and drainage into the existing. Further lighting columns need to be relocated.

Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Works to place the lower carriageway surfacing layers from Parkway North roundabout up to the Network Rail Bridge have been completed within the period. The surface course has been added on the roundabout in addition to completing and the drainage works. The final surface course to the new link road will not be undertaken until all verge works are complete and will be one of the final operations.

Works either side of the Ham Brook Bridge that are dependent on a third-party contractor (Dawnus Construction) not under the control of Griffiths have started later than planned due to late handover of the area by the third-party contractor. However, Griffiths have worked promptly after handover of the approaches to complete drainage and earthworks ready for the lower layers of carriageway surfacing to be placed in early June.

Throughout the length of the new link road we are removing excess spoil and distributing topsoil to landscaping areas. These operations, however, are weather dependent. Concurrently with this, our landscapers will complete the planting and seeding to landscape areas.

The final surfacing and road markings throughout the project have been completed to Oxleigh Way from the A4174. Remaining areas of surfacing and road markings will take place during July and August. However we are yet to be advised by the third-party contractor when they will hand over the Ham Brook Bridge to complete the surface course and complete the link road ready for handover to South Gloucestershire Council. When this date is known, we shall update the Journal.

Oxleigh Way (Crest Nicholson / Highbrook Park) will have traffic management with stop-go boards from Monday 5th June until Wednesday 7th June to install high friction surface, traffic signal loops and road marking.

Photo of the under-construction Stoke Gifford Transport Link.

Photos: 1 Southbound approach of Bradley Stoke Way to Great Stoke Roundabout. 2 Stoke Gifford Transport Link viewed from the Hambrook Lane junction looking towards UWE.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 16 & 17). The magazine is 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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