Rabbit Roundabout improvement works to be concurrent with Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Annotated plan of proposed improvements at Great Stoke Roundabout.

Work on a £2.9 million scheme to increase capacity and improve safety at Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) will start this autumn and is scheduled to take 12 months to complete, South Gloucestershire Council has announced.

The work will require lane closures as well as some full road closures (when deemed essential for safe working).

The timing of the programme, which will overlap an eight-month full closure of nearby Gipsy Patch Lane due to start in March 2020, is likely to lead to criticism that the council has once again scheduled multiple major roadworks to run concurrently at locations in close proximity within the Bristol North Fringe.

Overlapping works in recent years have included:

  • MetroBus route construction work being carried out concurrently at multiple locations on Bradley Stoke Way between September 2015 and November 2017
  • Aztec West Roundabout and A38 improvements works being carried out concurrently with MetroBus works on Bradley Stoke Way from May 2016 to November 2017
  • Traffic light renewal at Abbey Wood Roundabout being carried out concurrently with a one-month full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane in June 2019
  • Resurfacing at Abbey Wood Roundabout being carried out concurrently with a full closure of Hambrook Lane in September 2019

A recently published feedback report on the public consultation carried out on the Great Stoke Roundabout proposals in February and March 2019 shows that 75 percent of the 125 respondents supported the scheme “as a whole” with 52 percent believing that it will “improve journeys in future years”. No amendments to the scheme appear to have been made as a result of the consultation.

Image: Consultation plan [Click to enlarge; view hi-res version: PDFJPG]

Look out for a more detailed report on the upcoming works in the November issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine.

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  1. Ummm, where are the capacity improvements?

    All I can see is one extra lane coming from Great Stoke way, otherwise its just putting toucan crossings in all around. Whilst they are needed, these will slow traffic flow in themselves especially at peak times, so we’ll be worse off overall!

  2. Just a few comments on the proposed roundabout.
    – On Bradley Stoke way unless the bus lane stops much earlier traffic going left will still hold up traffic wanting to go straight on or right. This could be done now to help traffic flow now, and would reduce congestion now.
    – I hope the tree lanes coming for Bradley stoke way are going left, going straight and going right lanes. If all three go straight then one lane has problems entering Great stoke way???
    – Having traffic light straight after a roundabout is not a good idea and stinks of S.Gloucs council usual philosophy of slowing down traffic to appear to make roads safer, except in this case I can see many many shunts happening.
    – with the crossing lights this means coming from Winterbounre you could stop three times in less than a mile. What a good way to encourage road rage………. anyway reading the article how many cyclists use crossings, I haven’t observed one yet………

    2.7 million pounds… what a waste of money and time spent making making it more difficult to travel around. All that is really needed is to shorten the Bradley Stoke Way and Great Stoke Way buslanes and sort out the Traffic light sequence next to the Winter Stream farm to give more priority to traffic flow towards Winterbourne at peak times. Amazing waste of Council money.
    Does the money include introducing the Rabbits back on the roundabout, I would hope so….

  3. Ultimately aren’t these improvements having to be made as a result of S. Gloucs Traffic planning mistakes made when the MetroBus buslanes were put in.

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