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Roundabout roadworks to start in early January

Posted on Wednesday 1st January 2020 at 9:13 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of a temporary ramp on a diversion route for pedestrians.

Motorists in the Stokes are being warned to expect delays at a major roundabout on the local road network in the new year.

Improvement works at Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout), on the border between Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford, are due to start on Thursday 2nd January and are expected to take 12 months to complete.

The £2.9 million scheme, funded by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca), includes:

  • Increasing all approaches to the roundabout from two lanes to three
  • Widening and modifications to road markings on the roundabout
  • The installation of Toucan crossings on each of the four arms of the roundabout, prioritised for pedestrians and cyclists

The work will necessitate the temporary closure of footways/cycleways in the vicinity of the roundabout. Diversions will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists, including the use of temporary light controlled crossings on the Winterbourne Road, to the west of the roundabout, and on Great Stoke Way to the south.

Preparatory work that took place before Christmas has seen the construction of a temporary ramp to divert the footway on the west side of Bradley Stoke Way along the top of the embankment. The scrub clearance which took place prior to the installation of the ramp was necessary to “open up the area” to avoid creating a “significant personal safety risk” for members of the public, according to a council source.

Further details about the roundabout improvement scheme are available on the SGC website at www.southglos.gov.uk/majorroadworks

More: Project timetable; Frequently asked questions »

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Great Stoke Roundabout improvement works to run concurrently with Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Posted on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 8:29 pm by SH (Editor)

 

Photo of Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a Rabbit Roundabout).

Commuters in the Stokes look set to be once again heading for a double dose of roadworks-induced misery after South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) announced that it is to begin work on a £2.9 million scheme of improvements to Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) in January next year.

The timing of the work, which will take 12 months to complete and involve lane closures and some full road closures, means that it will overlap a planned eight-month full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane due to start in March 2020.

The two work locations lie on the same east-west route between Winterbourne and the A38 and are separated by just 1.3 miles.

News of the implementation overlap came following funding approval for the Great Stoke scheme from the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) on 4th October.

As previously reported, the scheme will increase capacity at the roundabout by widening all approaches as well as improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians with the introduction of new toucan crossings. Full details are shown underneath the plan below.

A council spokesperson said:

“The area will be subject to lane closures during this work. We will do everything we can to minimise the need for full road closures but there will be times when these are essential to enable us to carry out the work safely.”

The council’s own StreetCare department will carry out the work, with specialist contractors being used as required.

Site clearance will take place between now and Christmas. Some temporary walkways will also be installed before Christmas, ready for the main construction works to commence on 6th January. Residents directly affected by these works will be notified by letter.

More: "Investment … will help future proof the highway network" »

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

Posted on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

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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Public left in dark over proposed roundabout improvements

Posted on Monday 16th September 2019 at 8:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a Rabbit Roundabout).

The results of a public consultation on proposed capacity improvements at a major roundabout on the border between Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford will not be released until just one week before a funding decision is made on the £2.3m scheme, the Journal can reveal.

The consultation on the proposed work at Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) took place in February and March 2019 and it was stated that a feedback report would be prepared and published ahead of a decision being made by South Gloucestershire councillors on “proceeding with the scheme and seeking funding from the West of England Combined Authority (Weca)”.

The consultation documents also stated that, subject to receiving funding, “construction could commence in autumn 2019 and … take one year to complete”, which raised concerns the work might run concurrently with planned road closures on Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 in connection with the scheme to replace the railway bridge.

However, the response to a recent enquiry submitted by the Journal has revealed that the Weca funding application has already been made, raising questions about South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) commitment to genuine community engagement.

In response to our enquiry, an SGC spokesperson said:

“Earlier this year, the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) approved an outline business case for a preferred scheme to increase vehicle capacity and reduce queuing times at Great Stoke Roundabout in Stoke Gifford. We ran a public consultation, including several drop-in sessions during February and March 2019, and invited people to fill in a questionnaire about the proposed scheme.”

More: Decision on funding expected in October »

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