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MetroBus contractor used wrong type of asphalt on Bradley Stoke Way

Posted on Thursday 30th May 2019 at 6:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of resurfacing work on Bradley Stoke Way in May 2019.

A new traffic lane on a main road through Bradley Stoke is having to be resurfaced less than three years after it was created due to substandard materials being used in its construction.

What is now the southbound lane of Bradley Stoke Way between Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) and Savages Wood Roundabout (near the leisure centre) was created as part the MetroBus project by taking land from the adjacent verge. It received its final surfacing in September 2016 after which it was brought into service for general traffic.

But on Tuesday last week (21st May), South Gloucestershire Council announced on its StreetCare Facebook page that it would be closing the aforementioned stretch of road overnight for five nights from Monday 27th May “to carry out carriageway resurfacing”.

The post attracted a torrent of comments with people demanding to know why “the best road in Bradley Stoke” and “the only road in the area without potholes” should need resurfacing.

The council replied with the comment:

“The closure is for remedial works – we need to carry out investigations as we have detected defects underneath the carriageway which can cause potholes and other problems on the road surface,”

which only led to further questions asking why other roads in the area which already have potholes haven’t been repaired.

In reply to an enquiry from the Journal, an SGC spokesperson explained further:

“This is MetroBus remedial work that is being carried out at no cost to South Gloucestershire Council. The contractor used the incorrect material specification for the stone mastic asphalt (SMA) which would result in a reduced life span of the surface.”

Asked if the issue might affect other stretches of road created during the MetroBus project, the spokesperson added:

“The issue of incorrect material being used during the MetroBus work applies only to the southbound section that is being resurfaced this week.”

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MetroBus iPoints now due in November

Posted on Saturday 27th October 2018 at 8:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing further installation work taking place at the southbound 'Willow Brook Centre' MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way.

The M1 MetroBus service through Bradley Stoke is due to begin operating in January 2019, but there seems to be little urgency in completing the remaining preparations, which include the installation of 38 iPoints (information and ticket machines) and a missing shelter at the Great Meadow Roundabout northbound stop.

Many of the new MetroBus stops have barriered-off excavations, believed to be for the iPoint bases, with no activity having been seen at the sites for over three months.

Back in June, we were told that the iPoint installation teams had been reassigned to complete work on the M3 and M2 routes. With these two routes now operational, we asked for a further update. A spokesperson told us:

“Installation of the remaining 38 iPoints for the M1 route will be taking place in the lead up to the start of service in January, with the iPoints in the North Fringe due between 19th and 27th November. These dates may vary according to traffic management requirements.”

The spokesperson added:

“Remember, MetroBus is a buy before you board service for faster journeys. Full details of how to buy tickets, the M1 timetable and routes will be widely available in the lead up to the start of the M1 service – keep an eye on www.metrobusbristol.co.uk for details.

The M1 route will be operated by Bristol Community Transport, under contract to First Bus.

Photo: Archive image from May 2018 of further installation work taking place at the southbound ‘Willow Brook Centre’ MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way.

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

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Stoke Gifford By-Pass opens to ALL traffic

Posted on Monday 18th December 2017 at 3:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the SGTL taken looking south towards UWE from the Hambrook Lane junction.

The long-awaited Stoke Gifford By-Pass, officially known as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL), was opened to general traffic earlier today (Monday 18th December).

It provides a much more direct link between Bradley Stoke and Junction 1 of the M32  at Hambrook, avoiding the need to travel through the main part of Stoke Gifford or along the current alternative route via Old Gloucester Road and Bristol Road further to the east.

Map of the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (a.k.a. Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

The new road, which is 1.6km (one mile) long, has been constructed through open countryside to the east of Stoke Gifford (see map on right; click to enlarge). It links Parkway North Roundabout on Great Stoke Way (A) and the A4174 Ring Road (D), emerging at a junction opposite the Holiday Inn.

Its construction has required the installation of two new bridges, one over the main railway line (B, near Kings Drive) and the second over the Ham Brook (C, close to the new Crest Nicholson housing development at Highbrook Park).

Between the two bridges, the SGTL crosses over Hambrook Lane at a signal controlled junction, where traffic movements are restricted to ‘ahead only’ on both roads.

It was originally intended that buses on the Cribbs Causeway to Hengrove MetroBus route would begin using the new road as soon as it opened, but delays in the construction of other sections of the MetroBus network and the supply and installation of iPoints (information and ticket machines that will feature at all MetroBus stops) mean that the service is now unlikely to start until summer 2018 (according to a recent press release from the West of England Councils’ MetroBus team).

To access the new road from Bradley Stoke, travel south down Bradley Stoke Way until reaching Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. ‘Rabbit Roundabout’). Go straight on at the roundabout and proceed south along Great Stoke Way (under the ‘Blue Bridge’) until reaching Parkway North Roundabout. Here you will find a new option to go straight on (rather than taking the previously obligatory right turn towards Parkway Station) – this is the start of the new by-pass.

A more detailed report about the opening of the new road will appear in the January issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered between 27th December and 3rd January.

Photo: SGTL looking south towards UWE from the Hambrook Lane junction (taken on 16th December as the road was prepared for opening).

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MetroBus construction report for November

Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 8:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of covered-up road sign at the junction of the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass with the A4174 Ring Road near UWE.

An update compiled by the Journal with the assistance of the West of England Councils’ MetroBus team.

Bradley Stoke Way

All new bus lanes are complete and traffic management has been removed. Landscaping continues, along with remedial work by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd to fix minor defects.

All work near Great Stoke Roundabout is complete, except for the connection of electrical power to new lighting columns on the verges, which is in progress.

MetroBus shelters

Installation of the one outstanding MetroBus shelter on Bradley Stoke Way, on the northbound side of Bradley Stoke Way, just prior to Great Meadow Roundabout, has been postponed. A MetroBus spokesperson told the Journal: “We have a few issues with how some of the other shelters have been installed. Clear Channel, the contractor, is looking into our concerns and until the situation is rectified, the shelter installation programme has been suspended. We hope to resolve this shortly.”

Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Alun Griffiths are continuing their work to lay the road surface over the Ham Brook bridge, with the task due to for completion in early December. Landscaping along all sections of the by-pass is being carried out concurrently and is due to be completed by Christmas.

Western Power Distribution has now installed metered supplies for the traffic signals at the Hambrook Lane and A4174 junctions, allowing South Gloucestershire Council’s signals team to commence installation of the signals along with the associated induction loops in the road.

In the vicinity of the new bridge over the main railway line, near Kings Drive, Bristol Water’s work to install two lengths of pipework through ducts in the bridge platform and connect these into the existing main is due for completion in early December.

The Journal understands that South Gloucestershire Council is aiming to open the by-pass shortly before Christmas, provided there are no unforeseen issues with the tasks that still need to be completed.

Photo: Could the wraps come off before Christmas? Covered-up road sign at the junction of the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass with the A4174 Ring Road near UWE.

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 17). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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