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THIRD major fault at new Aztec traffic signals brings rush hour gridlock to Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 13th November 2017 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of traffic in Bradley Stoke at a standstill on Monday 16th October 2017.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) highways department has been accused of responding inadequately to reports of recurring issues with the new traffic lights at the Aztec West Roundabout in the days before a major fault caused gridlock throughout Bradley Stoke during the morning rush hour on Monday 16th October.

The latest incident follows two earlier ones associated with the same system of lights, in August and September, which led to traffic being trapped in the Aztec West Business Park for up to two hours during the afternoon peak.

Following the first incident in August, which was attributed to a “software issue”, SGC said it would “continue to monitor the operation of the signals” and might “carry out some minor adjustments to ensure that they work as effectively as possible for all users”.

Signs of potential issues with the lights on the Bradley Stoke side of the roundabout were first notified to the council on 5th October, through a FixMyStreet report which warned of the green phase for traffic exiting Bradley Stoke Way lasting just a few seconds. Sunday 15th October saw numerous further reports of a similar nature being registered on the Journal’s Facebook page along with observations that traffic was tailed back to Patchway Brook Roundabout on what is normally the quietest day of the week. Several readers raised concerns about what might happen on the following Monday morning if the issue wasn’t fixed; however, one reader who took the trouble to report it via the council’s traffic signals hotline (0800 854229) was told it was “not classed as urgent”.

Come Monday morning, it soon became clear that the issue hadn’t been resolved and commuters were left to face the consequences, with long tailbacks of near-stationary traffic down both Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way. One Journal reader reported that it took an hour just to travel between Tesco and Aldi, a distance of less than a mile.

More: Scathing comments from BSJ readers; council’s responses »

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Four-day lane closure on A38 southbound at Aztec West starts this Thursday

Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Work under way on the Aztec West Roundabout A38 southbound widening scheme.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced plans to close the inside lane of the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout for four days later this week, in order to carry out a “significant” gas main diversion.

The move breaks an assurance given by the council prior to the commencement of the project that major carriageway work would not be carried out on the A38 until “after the Bradley Stoke Way section of the MetroBus works has been completed”.

The work on the A38 is being funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and is intended to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.

The upcoming carriageway work, which is being carried out jointly with Wales & West Utilities, will commence on the morning of Thursday 12th January, when a lane closure will be placed on the A38 southbound. This will reduce the number of traffic lanes from four down to three. The lane closure will then stay in place throughout the whole of the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the gas diversion is being completed. It is anticipated that the diversion will be finished in time for reopening the lane for the morning peak of Monday 16th January.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said:

“The work has been planned for January in order to have the least impact on traffic, although motorists are advised to allow additional journey time to mitigate for any delays.”

Commenting on the overlap with the ongoing MetroBus works on Bradley Stoke Way, the spokesperson added:

“The current major construction work taking place on the A38 southbound is advanced utility work and this has been planned and booked many months in advance. Unfortunately, delays in the MetroBus project will see an overlap of work. However this has been mitigated as much as possible by removing the central reserve, creating an additional lane, and 24-hour working over a four day period. Cancelling the work was not possible without causing major impacts on budgets and the timing of the overall construction programme.”

More: Work brought forward following discovery of additional gas mains »

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Two-week reprieve on MetroBus lane closure

Posted on Sunday 16th October 2016 at 10:03 pm by SH (Editor)

New TEN-WEEK lane closure set to start at Aztec West in mid-October.

MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd have announced a two-week reprieve on the start date for a new peak-time lane closure on Bradley Stoke Way.

The nearside lane on the westbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout was expected to be closed full-time for ten weeks from Monday (17th October), but Griffiths now say that, for the first two weeks of this period, the lane will only be coned-off between 9.30am and 4pm. Thereafter, i.e. from Monday 31st October, the lane will be closed full-time.

The lane closure, which is expected to last until Christmas, is necessary to allow the construction of a new bus lane that will allow buses to by-pass the roundabout when making a left turn from Bradley Stoke Way onto the southbound A38.

Work on this section of the MetroBus route had been delayed due to the discovery of an unchartered gas main, an issue which has now been resolved by Wales & West Utilities, who were due to vacate the site last Friday.

The reopening of the right-turn out of Woodlands Lane is dependent on the completion of the work on Bradley Stoke Way, due to the need to synchronise the traffic lights at the Woodlands Lane junction with those at the Aztec West Roundabout.

A spokesperson for Griffiths said:

“The lane closure is regrettable, but necessary to complete the work that will enable us to get the Woodlands Lane junction fully functional by Christmas. We are aware that this is likely to cause delays, but the work is unavoidable in order to complete the scheduled work safely and on time.”

More: Narrow lanes introduced on southbound A38 »

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New Aztec West/A38 roadworks begin today

Posted on Monday 16th May 2016 at 12:05 am by SH (Editor)

Roadworks sign on Park Avenue, Aztec West Business Park, Bristol.

A new set of long-term roadworks at Aztec West gets under way today (Monday 16th May).

The  scheme, which involves widening the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout, widening the eastern side of the roundabout to provide four lanes, installing new light-controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists across three arms of the roundabout and widening the shared use footway/cycleway either side of the A38 between the roundabout and M5 junction 16, is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

Funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the project is separate from the MetroBus work currently being carried out in the Bradley Stoke area.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the work is necessary to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.

In response to a query from the Journal, SGC confirmed that footway works in Park Avenue, necessitating off-peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) lane closures, would commence on Monday 16th May.

The major carriageway works associated with the Aztec West scheme are not planned to begin until next year, after the Bradley Stoke Way section of the MetroBus works has been completed.

Contractor compounds incorporating portable offices and welfare units have already been set up on the Bradley Stoke and Aztec West Business Park sides of the roundabout.

SGC has set up a dedicated webpage set up for the scheme, at, which it said would be kept up-to-date with phasing plans and traffic management areas. However, information about the first phase of the scheme had not been published on the webpage at the time this article was prepared on Sunday evening.

More information: Plan of the work being carried out [PDF]

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