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Have your say on roundabout improvement proposals

Posted on Monday 4th March 2019 at 11:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Annotated plan of proposed improvements at Great Stoke Roundabout.

South Gloucestershire Council has launched a public consultation on plans for capacity improvements at a major roundabout on the border between Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout), which lies on the junction of Winterbourne Road with Bradley Stoke Way and Great Stoke Way, is forecast to be operating significantly over-capacity during the morning and evening peak periods by 2036, leading to increased levels of congestion with more queuing and delay.

The proposed scheme, now estimated to cost a total of £2.3m (halved from an earlier estimate), is said to be needed to accommodate the increase in traffic flows expected from committed developments in the area and the widening of Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge.

The consultation documents make reference to the 8,000 homes planned for new neighbourhoods at East of Harry Stoke and Cribbs Patchway, along with the economic hub around the former Filton Airfield.

The proposed scheme also includes elements to encourage walking and cycling and improve the reliability of bus routes, including the M1 MetroBus.

It is anticipated that funding for the scheme will come from the West of England Combined Authority.

Subject to receiving funding, construction could commence in autumn 2019 and is expected to take one year to complete. A construction management plan will be prepared to minimise the impact of the works on local people and the environment.

Consultation on the proposals runs until 29th March 2019.

More: How to respond to the consultation »

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom: Ducklings & carrots!

Posted on Monday 11th June 2018 at 8:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of ducklings resting in grass beside the pond at The Common (East),.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

The Common (East) – We are parents!

We were delighted to receive a message that we had ducklings on The Common (East) pond! We had, for a while, seen Millicent on the pond, but Maurice was nowhere to be seen. Then, to our relief, he finally appeared, oblivious to all our concerns, of course. We did what we could to encourage them to stay, but they seemed to disappear again, so we thought they had moved on – but now we know they were just nesting somewhere out of sight. Millicent managed to hatch ten ducklings and proudly revealed them to quite a large adoring crowd. While they were being given a hearty meal of porridge oats and grain by the primary school children, one young lad busily made them their own duckling-sized nest which I’m sure they appreciated. They are incredibly cute, whizzing around like small clockwork toys and taking tiny leaps to catch the low-flying insects. Please can we ask if you come to see them you bring some healthy food with you? Porridge oats, grain, unfrozen peas and shredded vegetable peelings should ensure that they grow up healthy and strong and that the water remains clear. Bread has very little nutritional value and pollutes the water, and mouldy bread can give the birds a fatal lung disease.

Thank you to Adrienne Wheeler who designed a poster for the Three Brooks lake, which we’ve borrowed again for the pond.

Apologies to whoever left the half dozen alcohol security tags on the island, we’ve returned them to the store and the bottles of wine went in the bin. (Although it was done with a very heavy heart as it was a wine I’m rather partial to.)

You may notice in the ‘insect hotels’ bowls of water with marbles in. Please don’t take them! These are bee or insect waterers – the marbles give the insects a safe place to land so they can drink without drowning. They are a huge help to our struggling wildlife and are very easy for your children to make, so we’re hoping every garden in Bradley Stoke will soon boast its own bee waterer.

More: Giant "carrots" at ‘Rabbit Roundabout’ »

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SGC gears up to improve Rabbit Roundabout

Posted on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 9:07 pm by SH (Editor)

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

With the jury still out on whether South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) recent £4.2m scheme to improve the Aztec West Roundabout and A38 has actually made matters worse, the council is already at the early planning stage of its next major roundabout improvement scheme, this time at the other end of Bradley Stoke Way.

The new scheme is intended to increase capacity at Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) as part of a package of investments to support the Filton Enterprise Area and the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN).

An initial £550k of funding was allocated to the project last November by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), for the purpose of developing a business case. A report submitted ahead of that funding award stated that the project is expected to cost a total of £4.7m, including development and construction costs.

Topographical and ground penetrating radar surveys were due to be carried out around Great Stoke Roundabout as we went to press.

A council spokesperson explained:

“The project will be designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve journey times and reliability (for cars as well as for MetroBus and other bus services). By reducing journey times we will reduce emissions. We also hope to make improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.”

“We have allocated £550k to the feasibility assessments and pre-construction planning, which is expected to take place by spring 2020. At the end of these processes we will be able to calculate the full project cost and the council will seek funding for the later phases and construction of the project through grants.”

“Public consultation on the project will begin in August 2018, with project completion expected in the winter of 2022.”

Further details revealed in the WECA report are that the resultant reconfigured roundabout is likely to be a three-lane circulatory system, including a segregated left-turn slip from Winterbourne Road east and three-lane entry from Winterbourne Road west.

The report notes that any proposed construction start date will be “subject to the ability to occupy the network, depending on other programmed works” such as the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension and Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement (currently scheduled to start in October 2019).

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

UPDATE (4th March 2019)

SGC has now launched a public consultation on the proposed scheme:

The consultation runs until 29th March 2019

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