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Woods Estate Agents, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

MetroBus build: September report

Posted on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

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.

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So, when WILL we see MetroBus services running in Bradley Stoke?

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way (opposite Aldi).

There’s no official date, so Journal editor Stephen Horton is left to speculate…

By the time you read this, we will be into the third year of MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke! When Alun Griffiths started their work in earnest on Monday 2nd September 2015, closing the Woodlands Lane junction for “an estimated 18 weeks”, we were told they planned to be out of Bradley Stoke and have the Stoke Gifford By-Pass completed by Christmas 2016. So much for optimism!

With the traffic cones finally coming off most (but not all) of the new bus lanes, it’s not my intention to rake over all those old stories about “uncharted underground services” and “design changes”, but rather to consider when we might be able to actually use the promised new “high quality, fast and reliable” MetroBus services here in Bradley Stoke.

Answering that question, however, has proved rather more difficult than you might have imaged. MetroBus says it is no longer prepared to supply an exact date and its latest public newsletter states simply “autumn 2017”, although it should be noted that enquiries have revealed that this date represents the earliest date that any of the three MetroBus routes across Greater Bristol should start, and does not necessarily apply to all of them. In practice, it is likely to relate only to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) route.

The key factors that need to be considered are: (1) Completion of the route infrastructure; (2) installation of the IT infrastructure; (3) appointment of a bus operator; and (4) ability and willingness of the appointed operator to commence services.

A report to the West of England Joint Transport Board in March estimated that all construction on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route, i.e. the one serving Bradley Stoke, would be completed by “autumn 2017”. The Journal is not aware of any official slippage on this date but it is noted that the Stoke Gifford By-Pass is now on the critical path, its projected completion date having slipped to “autumn 2017” from “summer 2017”. Similarly, work at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way is now scheduled to finish in October 2017 (was given as May 2017 at the start of the year).

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MetroBus construction report (August 2017)

Posted on Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 9:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of new bus lane near Great Stoke Roundabout.

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

All Alun Griffiths works at Aztec West, Bradley Stoke Way north of Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) and around Webbs Wood Roundabout are complete.

South Gloucestershire Council continues to work in the vicinity of Aztec West on the separate (i.e. non-MetroBus) A38 southbound widening and roundabout improvement scheme.

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. Trial trenching has now completed to determine the service(s) that will need to be worked around, if possible. Subject to design changes and approvals, this will take us up to the end of September.

Great Stoke Roundabout

At the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way, on the approach to Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout), the new bus lane area is now complete up to binder course. Only the final surface course of tarmac remains to be done, followed by lining.

During early September, traffic will be 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 this.

All work in this area, including surfacing, is to be completed by early 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.

More: Stoke Gifford By-Pass set for completion in October »

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Ring Road traffic hell set to start on Monday

Posted on Friday 21st July 2017 at 6:43 pm by SH (Editor)

The two Bromley Heath Viaducts which carry the A4174 Ring Road over the River Frome.

Commuters in north Bristol are being warned to expect significant additional delays on roads throughout the area when South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) commences repairs to the Bromley Heath Viaduct in the final week of July.

The A4174 Ring Road near Hambrook is to be reduced to 50 percent capacity (one lane each way instead of two) for an estimated 33 weeks from the weekend of 22nd/23rd July.

The project was originally expected to take 52 weeks to complete, but a recent decision by the West of England Joint Committee to allocate additional funding of £2.8m means that it has been possible to reduce its duration. This will be achieved by carrying out the work over dual weekday shifts, with some weekend work as and when required.

Cllr Colin Hunt, SGC Cabinet member responsible for transport, said:

“Reducing the length of the work will help to alleviate congestion and the impact of diversions on local communities, commuters and people travelling through the area. We know the scheme will cause significant disruption for people but we are trying everything we can to mitigate this.”

The work is required in order to undertake essential maintenance on one of two parallel viaducts that carry the road over the River Frome between the Hambrook lights and Bromley Heath Roundabout.

The southern viaduct, which carries the westbound carriageway, is in need of: pier strengthening, bearing replacement, drainage improvements, waterproofing, parapet and safety fence replacement, concrete repairs, and abnormal load carrying capacity improvements.

A separate major project to provide a wider shared path and a protective barrier for cyclists and pedestrians using the viaduct will be carried out concurrently with the repairs.

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