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Roadworks: Council admits it “needs to do more” to keep public informed

Posted on Thursday 5th February 2015 at 8:24 am by SH (Editor)

Temporary traffics lights on Stoke Lane, Stoke Lodge in January 2015.

South Gloucestershire Council has conceded that it isn’t doing enough to keep residents informed about the large number of major roadworks that are currently under way or planned across the district.

The admission came in a quarterly performance report submitted to the council’s Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment Committee at the end of January which showed that public satisfaction with levels of traffic and congestion dropped from 45% to 41% over the year to September 2014.

In a section headed ‘key areas for improvement’, the report states:

“Our declining performance for indicators such as the satisfaction with congestion on our roads suggests that more needs to be done to help the public deal with increased traffic levels and frequent roadworks. A communications policy is needed to make sure that the public are fully aware of works that are about to be carried out, and also gives them pre-warning of any particular issues on the network.”

A section later in the report states:

“While our success in attracting funding for a range of projects on our roads is helping us build a robust infrastructure for the future, the resultant roadworks have had a negative impact on congestion in the area. Traffic levels remain high in the area and both satisfaction with congestion and actual levels of congestion have got worse over the past year. A communications plan is being drawn up to keep residents, businesses and members informed of our planned works and every effort is being made to avoid disruption, however there is the risk that things may get worse before they get better.”

More: Additional SGC and Highways Agency roadworks started in Jan »

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More roadworks at M5 junction 16 (Almondsbury) due to start this week

Posted on Monday 12th January 2015 at 12:04 am by SH (Editor)

Almondsbury Roundabout on the A38 Gloucester Road.

Improvement work on the northbound exit slip road at junction 16 of the M5 (Almondsbury) is due to get under way this week.

The Highways Agency is carrying out the work as part of the Government’s Pinch Point programme, which forms part of the growth initiative outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

According to the agency: “Pinch Points provides smaller scale improvements that can deliver big returns by easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for road users as well as helping to boost local economies and drive economic growth.”

Highways Agency Project Sponsor Dave Stock said:

“We are widening the exit slip road at the junction which should reduce congestion and delays, particularly during the rush hour.”

“The scheme will have a positive impact on the M5 in this area as well as supporting growth in the surrounding area such as Filton Airfield and Patchway.”

The scheme is due to start on Monday 12th January and work to widen the slip road is planned to be completed by the end of March.

A Highways Agency spokesperson added:

“We will take the opportunity while working in this area to undertake maintenance work to renew existing traffic signalling equipment at the junction, this is planned to be completed by the middle of April.”

“Narrow lanes, lane closures and as well as some full closures of the slip roads will be required during the works for the safety of road users and our workforce.”

More info: M5 Junction 16 Northbound Off-slip (Highways Agency)

More: HA project to run in parallel with SGC work at J16 »

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Prepare for a whole year of roadworks in 2015!

Posted on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol North Fringe Roadworks in 2015.

Road users in North Bristol look set to be plagued by a whole year of major roadworks if, as expected, the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus project receives final approval from the Government in early 2015.

In February 2014, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) announced an £8m package of major road and cycle route improvements designed to help to tackle traffic congestion and increase the capacity of the road network ahead of the development of the planned Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood during the coming decade.

At the time, SGC said that Government support for the schemes required them to be completed by March 2015, but it is now projecting completion dates as late as July 2015 (see below).

The construction of bus lanes in Bradley Stoke for the MetroBus project could start as early as April 2015, meaning that there will be little or no respite after the current set of roadworks on the A38 at junction 16 of the M5 are completed (currently also scheduled for April 2015).

More: Details of the 10 roadwork schemes shown on the map »

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Multiple major roadworks likely to cause delays for next year in north Bristol

Posted on Wednesday 5th March 2014 at 8:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Almondsbury Roundabout on the A38 Gloucester Road.

Bradley Stoke commuters could face long delays during a multi-million pound programme of roadworks that is due to get under way this spring, South Gloucestershire Council has warned.

Over £8m is to be invested in a series of major road and cycle route improvements in the North Fringe areas of Filton, Patchway, Aztec West and Hambrook, with the work scheduled to start as early as April.

The package of eight major schemes will help to tackle traffic congestion and increase the capacity and quality of the local road network and sustainable travel options, such as cycle and pedestrian routes, ahead of the development of the planned Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.

As part of the work, key junctions on the A38 and A4174 will be widened and improvements will be made to the local road network at the M5 Junctions 16 and 17 with funding from the Government’s ‘Pinch Point’ road improvements programme.

Two cycle and pedestrian crossings on the A4174 – at Hambrook and the M32 Junction 1 – will also be substantially improved, to increase safety and help promote sustainable travel in the North Fringe area. This work is being funded from the Government’s Cycle Ambition Fund following a successful funding bid by the council last year.

The road bridge on Church Road in Frampton Cotterell will also be replaced between March and October 2014 as part of planned maintenance works. Diversions will be in place during this time.

More: Work to widen Gipsy Patch Lane could start in April »

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