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Bradley Stoke Way to be closed overnight for three nights starting this Wednesday

Posted on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign advertising planned overnight and weekend closures of Bradley Stoke Way during January 2017. The road closures are associated with construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route.

MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths have announced that a section of Bradley Stoke Way is to be closed overnight for three nights later this week. The closures are the first of a series that are expected to take place over the next four weeks and are required to facilitate the final resurfacing of the road following the installation of new bus lanes.

A statement on the Griffiths community webpage reads:

“Bradley Stoke Way will be closed for surfacing westbound only between Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) and the Aztec West Roundabout on Wednesday 18th January for three nights from 8pm to 5am. Diversion signs will be in place to divert traffic through Stoke Gifford for access to the Aztec West Roundabout during these times only.”

“Surfacing work will continue daytime in closed lanes with key work off-peak hours.”

“All surfacing work is weather dependant. Restrictions will be lifted if it is possible for us to complete ahead of schedule.”

“We thank you for your patience and apologise for any disturbance and inconvenience whilst we complete this essential work in this area.”

Traffic management plan for a temporary closure of Bradley Stoke Way.

The section of road to be closed is shown in red on this extract from the traffic management plan, originally published last July (see right; click to enlarge). The full signed diversion route, which extends as far as Station Road in Filton, can be viewed via the following links

[Ed: Those with local knowledge are likely to be able to find shorter alternatives to the official diversion route.]

Access for residents of Orchard Gate will be maintained at all times.

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MetroBus public meeting in Bradley Stoke this Thursday (12th January)

Posted on Monday 9th January 2017 at 7:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke MetroBus meeting on Thursday 12th January.

A public meeting is to take take place in Bradley Stoke this Thursday (12th January) to provide residents with further information about upcoming MetroBus construction activities in the town.

A media note issued ahead of the meeting states:

“The MetroBus works on [the northern and central sections of] Bradley Stoke Way are nearing completion. Between now and the end of February, the traffic signals will be installed at the Woodlands Lane and Orchard Gate junctions and the final road surfacing and road markings will be completed. This work will require a number of temporary changes to traffic lanes, some night-time and weekend working and temporary lane/road closures.”

“To keep the residents fully up to date and aware of the implications, there will be a public meeting, this Thursday (12th January). The meeting will consist of a presentation by the contractor, Alun Griffiths, regarding the remaining road works and this will be followed by a question and answer session.”

“The meeting will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm at Baileys Court Activity Centre, Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke BS32 8BH

“The meeting will be attended by senior officers from South Gloucestershire Council’s MetroBus team and representatives from Alun Griffiths.”

As revealed in the January issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, a further phase of MetroBus construction work is due to begin at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way from the beginning of March, with completion currently scheduled for 11th July 2017.

MetroBus services are due to start “in the autumn”, with the launch being “phased in as and when the infrastructure is complete”.

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MetroBus roadworks to continue until July

Posted on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 10:10 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke will now NOT be complete by spring 2017.

MetroBus construction work will still be going on within Bradley Stoke as late as July 2017, despite roadside signs still saying the work is due to be completed in the spring, the Journal can reveal.

At the start of the project in September 2015, contractors Alun Griffiths said they planned to finish all MetroBus work in the town by Christmas 2016, beating the advertised completion date by a few months, but the discovery of a series of uncharted gas and water mains at the north end of Bradley Stoke Way (BSW) has delayed progress, meaning that this section will now not be complete until 17th March 2017.

Additionally, land acquisition issues at the south end of BSW, where a new southbound bus lane is to be constructed on the approach to Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout), have meant that it has not been possible to commence work in this area. The Journal has learned that this work is now scheduled to start at the beginning of March and finish on 11th July 2017.

Traffic congestion in north Bradley Stoke plumbed new depths of intolerability from 12th November when the inside lane of three on the BSW approach to the Aztec West Roundabout was closed to allow the construction of a new left filter bus lane. During the four weeks of chaos that followed, there were reports of frustrated motorists getting out of their vehicles to move barriers so that they could make the banned right turn out of Woodlands Lane and even driving up the wrong side of the road to escape the gridlock. The misery lasted until 11th December, when most of the closed lane was reopened, resulting in an instant improvement in journey times.

As reported in our December magazine, the full reopening of the Woodlands Lane junction is dependent on Griffiths’ completion of the bus slip lane on BSW and a number of central traffic islands, as well as signalisation works that will be carried out by South Gloucestershire Council.

More: "Woodlands Lane should be open by early February" »

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MetroBus roadworks causing delays of up to 75 minutes for 73 bus

Posted on Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England bus, pictured in Bristol city centre.

In a startling admission of the impact that the current MetroBus roadworks are having on bus services in the Bristol North Fringe, First Group has warned passengers travelling on its 73 route to expect delays of up to 75 minutes during the morning peak, meaning that a journey from north Bradley Stoke (Newleaze) to the city centre could potentially take around two-and-a-half hours.

A statement published by the operator on 21st November said:

“Lane closures in and around Aztec West and Bradley Stoke Way associated with MetroBus works are causing significant disruptions to services in and around the area.”

“Services 73, X73, 77, 78, 79 are severely disrupted during the peaks. Service 73 in particular is experiencing delays of up to 75 mins during the morning peak.”

Holding out little hope for an early resolution to the issue, the statement concluded by saying: “Completion [is] currently estimated as September 2017.”

The news, which only confirms what passengers have been reporting on social media for many months, comes on top of a catalogue of complaints about the reliability of evening X73 journeys returning from the city centre (detailed in a reader letter in our November magazine).

A further negative development seen since the closure of the nearside lane of Bradley Stoke Way on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout on 14th November has been frequent reports of journeys on the 73 route being terminated short of their timetabled final destination (be that Cribbs Causeway or Temple Meads). This has seen buses coming from the city centre terminating at Parkway Station, the Willow Brook Centre or Aztec West and similarly (in the reverse order) for buses coming from Cribbs Causeway. On some occasions, the revised destination has been displayed on the bus signage, allowing passengers to decide if they wish to board a bus that will not take them to their desired destination. Other times, however, passengers have been unexpectedly told that the bus is terminating short of its advertised destination and told to get off the vehicle.

More: Passengers take to Twitter and Facebook to voice frustration »

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Full reopening of Woodlands Lane junction delayed AGAIN until New Year

Posted on Friday 9th December 2016 at 9:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Construction of a new bus filter lane between Bradley Stoke Way and the southbound A38 at the Aztec West Roundabout, as par of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus project.

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

North section of BSW

Work continues to progress on the verge approaching the Aztec West Roundabout to construct the new dedicated bus lane from Bradley Stoke Way (BSW) onto the A38. The commencement of this work has been delayed due to uncharted utilities. The main utilities are now diverted and just minor utility works remain, however Griffiths are able to work around these to progress towards completion of the tie-in on Bradley Stoke Way before Christmas. The completion of this tie-in will facilitate the removal of the current full-time lane closure on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout.

Following our Christmas shutdown (23rd December to 3rd January), we shall be focussing attention on completing the tie-in of the bus lane to the A38 and construction of the bus stop on the A38. These works cannot be completed until the works on BSW are completed due to phasing constraints.

Completion of the BSW tie-in will also enable the reopening of additional peak-time lane capacity between Orchard Gate and Aztec West to further reduce the impact on traffic. The current lane restrictions are required to ensure a safe working area for our workforce and also a safe footway for pedestrians passing the works.

Additionally, after the Christmas break, we shall be undertaking the final surfacing works between the two roundabouts that are currently only surfaced in a temporary state. This extensive operation, now planned to take place in early February, will require the removal of the top 40mm of surfacing and the placement of a new surface course. This operation will also enable us to regulate areas of poor surfacing to ensure a smooth surface finish. Additionally, in January, we shall complete finishing works such as landscaping, traffic signs and signal installation that will require periodic lane closures within the area between the two roundabouts. We shall, as promised, alert the local community of the final surfacing operations as they will require night time work.

More: Full reopening of Woodlands Lane junction delayed AGAIN »

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