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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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MetroBus construction report for October

Posted on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Anti-skid surfacing being applied at the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Great Stoke Roundabout.

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

South of Patchway Brook

The new northbound bus lane was fully opened during the second week of October, following the completion of the final piece of work to install a pollution control chamber in the verge, close to Primrose Bridge.

Traffic cones remain along the boundary of the on-road cycle lane on the southbound side, for the safety of workers who have been rectifying minor defects in the kerbing.

Great Stoke Roundabout

Carriageway works associated with the construction of the new southbound bus lane on Bradley Stoke Way were completed during the first week of October. Work on the footways in this area was completed in mid-October and was followed soon after by the installation of street lighting columns in the verges.

The final anti-skid road surfacing in this area remains to be completed (a 28-day settling period must be observed following the main surfacing) and this was due to be carried out as we went to press (week commencing 30th October).

All work by Alun Griffiths on Bradley Stoke Way is due to be completed by mid-November. This will be followed by a 12-month defect-fixing period during which any issues will be dealt with as they arise.

MetroBus shelters

There is one remaining MetroBus shelter to be installed, on the northbound side of Bradley Stoke Way, just prior to Great Meadow Roundabout. This is scheduled for installation during the final week of November.

Work to “seal” the new MetroBus shelters, making them fully waterproof, has recently been started by Clearchannel, the firm responsible for installing the shelters.

More: Stoke Gifford By-Pass; Start of MetroBus services »

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MetroBus build: September report

Posted on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of traffic using the new bus lane at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way.

By Jim Aitken, community liaison officer at Alun Griffiths Ltd.

South of Patchway Brook

Traffic management has now been removed, with the exception of one final section near Primrose Bridge, which has been left in place so that a pollution control chamber can be installed. We await the design solution to install this equipment as the underground utilities that are there prevent the current planned installation.

An evening road closure from Patchway Brook to Savages Wood has been applied for to undertake some additional slot cutting within the carriageway outside the leisure centre. At the time of writing, it was hoped to undertake this work on one night only during the week commencing 25th September, from 8pm to midnight.

Great Stoke Roundabout

Traffic has been switched to the new bus lane to enable works on the northbound side, including new kerbs lines, drainage and footway works. Local pedestrian footway diversions around The Worthys will be installed to facilitate these works. Works including surfacing is to be completed early October for this area, with the road being fully cleared of traffic management by the end of October.

The overall duration of works has extended due to drainage design changes. We have strived to keep the traffic flowing by keeping open narrow lanes, as opposed to other traffic management measures which could have restricted traffic movement. Consequently, we have received no complaints of traffic congestion in this area whilst we have completed the extended work on the verge.

More: Stoke Gifford By-Pass work set to be completed by December »

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So, when WILL we see MetroBus services running in Bradley Stoke?

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus stop on Bradley Stoke Way (opposite Aldi).

There’s no official date, so Journal editor Stephen Horton is left to speculate…

By the time you read this, we will be into the third year of MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke! When Alun Griffiths started their work in earnest on Monday 2nd September 2015, closing the Woodlands Lane junction for “an estimated 18 weeks”, we were told they planned to be out of Bradley Stoke and have the Stoke Gifford By-Pass completed by Christmas 2016. So much for optimism!

With the traffic cones finally coming off most (but not all) of the new bus lanes, it’s not my intention to rake over all those old stories about “uncharted underground services” and “design changes”, but rather to consider when we might be able to actually use the promised new “high quality, fast and reliable” MetroBus services here in Bradley Stoke.

Answering that question, however, has proved rather more difficult than you might have imaged. MetroBus says it is no longer prepared to supply an exact date and its latest public newsletter states simply “autumn 2017”, although it should be noted that enquiries have revealed that this date represents the earliest date that any of the three MetroBus routes across Greater Bristol should start, and does not necessarily apply to all of them. In practice, it is likely to relate only to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) route.

The key factors that need to be considered are: (1) Completion of the route infrastructure; (2) installation of the IT infrastructure; (3) appointment of a bus operator; and (4) ability and willingness of the appointed operator to commence services.

A report to the West of England Joint Transport Board in March estimated that all construction on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route, i.e. the one serving Bradley Stoke, would be completed by “autumn 2017”. The Journal is not aware of any official slippage on this date but it is noted that the Stoke Gifford By-Pass is now on the critical path, its projected completion date having slipped to “autumn 2017” from “summer 2017”. Similarly, work at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way is now scheduled to finish in October 2017 (was given as May 2017 at the start of the year).

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