MetroBus build: September report

Photo of traffic using the new bus lane at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way.

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

South of Patchway Brook

Traffic management has now been removed, with the exception of one final section near Primrose Bridge, which has been left in place so that a pollution control chamber can be installed. We await the design solution to install this equipment as the underground utilities that are there prevent the current planned installation.

An evening road closure from Patchway Brook to Savages Wood has been applied for to undertake some additional slot cutting within the carriageway outside the leisure centre. At the time of writing, it was hoped to undertake this work on one night only during the week commencing 25th September, from 8pm to midnight.

Great Stoke Roundabout

Traffic has been switched to the new bus lane to enable works on the northbound side, including new kerbs lines, drainage and footway works. Local pedestrian footway diversions around The Worthys will be installed to facilitate these works. Works including surfacing is to be completed early October for this area, with the road being fully cleared of traffic management by the end of October.

The overall duration of works has extended due to drainage design changes. We have strived to keep the traffic flowing by keeping open narrow lanes, as opposed to other traffic management measures which could have restricted traffic movement. Consequently, we have received no complaints of traffic congestion in this area whilst we have completed the extended work on the verge.

Stoke Gifford By-Pass

The carriageway is now 100 percent surfaced and footways 95 percent complete throughout the scheme. Final signage, landscaping, fencing and finishing works are ongoing, with a target completion for early October. Further landscaping will then be undertaken due to seasonal restrictions for planting.

Network Rail has been using the by-pass to access their new bridge in and around the Curtis Lane area. Works were carried out 24/7 on the railway line for a two-week period in September.

The bridge being constructed over the Ham Brook is the responsibility of another contractor and is currently ‘off limits’ to the Alun Griffiths team.

We need to undertake further works around the above bridge to complete the by-pass, which will take us to December 2017.

Photo of coned-off bus lane on Bradley Stoke Way, near Primrose Bridge.

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Photos: 1 Traffic using the new bus lane at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way. 2 Coned-off bus lane on Bradley Stoke Way, near Primrose Bridge.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 16). 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.

Postscript: The overnight closure of Bradley Stoke Way, near the leisure centre, took place on Tuesday 26th September.

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