Posts Tagged ‘Greater Bristol Bus Network’

Bus shelter decorated to celebrate launch of showcase route

Posted on Wednesday 28th March 2012 at 10:01 am by SH (Editor)

Decorated bus shelter on Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

A Bradley Stoke bus shelter has been “creatively dressed” as part of a stunt to celebrate the official launch of ten new showcase bus routes across the West of England.

The shelter at the Bradley Stoke Surgery bus stop (northbound) on Brook Way has been decorated with an image of a sofa and two hanging pictures.

It is one of 40 decorated as part of a £40,000 Super Shelter Trail, mimicking last year’s popular Wow! Gorillas initiative staged by Bristol Zoo.

Members of the public are being invited to have their photos taken with family and friends at the shelters and the best images will be rewarded with prizes that include an iPad, an iPod Touch and a family ticket to At-Bristol and the Bristol Aquarium. The closing date for entries is Friday 27th April and winners will be announced by Friday 11th May.

The 73 route through Bradley Stoke forms part of Corridor 4 of the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN), a £79 million project that started in 2007.

According to a survey conducted in July 2011, more than 80 per cent of passengers using bus service 73 (Cribbs Causeway to Bristol city centre) were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the service compared to 2007 when satisfaction scores were just 42 per cent.

More: A potted history of the GBBN project in Bradley Stoke »

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Town Council’s shabby bus shelters to be replaced

Posted on Monday 3rd October 2011 at 9:52 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council bus shelter

Bus shelters in Bradley Stoke deemed too shabby for a prestige bus route enhanced by millions of pounds of government money are to be replaced as part of a £140,000 package of additional spending.

Local Councillors expressed concern in 2009 when South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) began ripping out many of the Town Council-owned green bus shelters and replacing them with hi-tech silver flat-roofed ones at a cost of £20,000 per stop.

Town Councillors demanded that SGC put the old shelters into storage for possible use at sites where there is currently no shelter but this turned out to be impractical due to damage caused during removal.

The West of England Partnership, responsible for overseeing the £70 million Greater Bristol Bus Network project, originally planned to leave a small number of old-style shelters along the 73 route in Bradley Stoke but has now decided to spend extra cash to replace the small number that remain in order to improve the image of ‘Corridor 4’ that runs from Bristol city Centre to Cribbs Causeway.

More: Extra money will make shelter provision “more aesthetic” »

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Lengthy trenches needed to bring power to bus stops

Posted on Friday 30th September 2011 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke bus stop cabling

Hundreds of metres of cable trenches are currently being dug around Bradley Stoke, to provide power to real-time information displays at bus stops on the ‘showcase’ 73 route.

The work began in April last year, when the stop opposite Bradley Stoke Surgery was first to be connected to the grid.

Money from central government is being used to provide the displays, through the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) project.

Electricity cables from the stops are being connected to street lamp bases but in many cases the lengthy trenches can be seen to pass several other lamps along the way.

A worker installing a cable to a stop on Brook Way, near Hawkins Crescent, where a street lamp stands directly behind the stop, told a Journal reporter that connections had to be made to lamps controlled by Western Power Distribution rather than South Gloucestershire Council (SGC). As the lamps on Brook Way belong to SGC, a 50+ metre trench has had to be constructed to reach the “right” sort of lamp in Hawkins Crescent (photo).

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A38 bus lane opens after months of disruption

Posted on Friday 4th March 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

A38 Gloucester Road bus lane

A new northbound bus lane on the A38 Gloucester Road between Patchway and Aztec West has entered service following months of construction and associated traffic disruption.

Work on the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) funded scheme started in April 2010 and was originally due to finish by October but “engineering issues” and “adverse weather conditions” saw its completion slip to the end of February this year.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the new bus lane, combined with improvements to bus stops, pedestrian access and road widening, will improve the reliability of bus services and also improve the experience for bus users and reduce congestion for all road users.

A38 Gloucester Road bus lane sign

The service lane between the Little Stoke junction and Hempton Lane has been converted to a peak-time only bus lane between 7:30am – 9.30am and 4pm – 7pm.

The existing carriageway from Hempton Lane to the Aztec West Roundabout has also been widened to accommodate a new bus lane.

Taxis, motorcycles and cyclists are also permitted to use the bus lanes.

Further improvements include:

  • The bus stop on the A38 northbound near to the roundabout has been relocated adjacent to the pedestrian access to the business park to improve access
  • The existing pedestrian crossing point on the approach to the roundabout is upgraded to enable cyclists to use it
  • An additional on-carriageway cycle lane on the southbound A38 from Aztec West Roundabout
  • An additional traffic lane on the roundabout for all traffic heading right toward Woodlands Lane via Bradley Stoke Way

A similar improvement scheme has also recently been completed at Great Stoke Way, near the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford.

Read on for comments from SGC and First Bus Bristol »

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