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Residents invited to Parkway Station drop-in event as electrification work approaches

Posted on Sunday 27th November 2016 at 10:02 am by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Residents living near Bristol Parkway Station have been invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for electrification as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.

The event will take place on Tuesday 29th November at the St Michael’s Centre, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PD, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Poster advertising a drop-in event about railway upgrade work at Bristol Parkway Station.

Network Rail is carrying out essential work in and around the station to accommodate the new fleet of faster, greener electric trains, which will provide more seats and more room for passengers.

In addition, improvements to the signalling system will replace equipment installed in the 1960s and 70s with the latest technology, paving the way for a more reliable railway and fewer delays for passengers.

The station will remain open for the majority of the project, which is due to start in late December 2016, with completion in 2018. In order to keep disruption to train services to a minimum, much of the work will take place overnight and at weekends.

The work includes:

  • Installing the foundations for the overhead line equipment that will power the new trains
  • Installing the overhead line equipment, including masts, booms and wires
  • Building a fourth platform and extending the existing platforms
  • Track works, including renewal of 2.5km of railway line
  • Stabilising the embankment next to the Filton Line
  • Repairs and track level works at Bristol Road bridge (Winterbourne)

Members of the Network Rail project team will be on-hand throughout the drop-in event to explain more about the work taking place and to answer any questions.

More: Parkway Station briefing note issued by Network Rail »

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Councils on collision course over Hatchet Road bus lane plans

Posted on Saturday 19th November 2016 at 6:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford CPME public meeting on 22nd November 2016.

A dispute over South Gloucestershire Council’s plans to rip up mature hedgerows and scores of mature trees in order to install a new bus lane along one side of Hatchet Road looks set to escalate after Stoke Gifford Parish Council (SGPC) called a public meeting to discuss “significant negativity from local residents”.

The bus lane will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, a proposed extension to the wider MetroBus network that is currently under construction in the Bristol North Fringe. The CPME will link Bristol Parkway Station with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and serve the new developments planned for the former Filton Airfield site.

In addition to the construction of a number of sections of new bus lane along its route, the CPME scheme also includes replacing the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane with a much wider concrete structure capable of accommodating one general traffic lane and a bus lane in each direction.

The decision to construct a new southbound bus lane along Hatchet Road was agreed by an SGC committee in July, despite strong opposition from local residents and Stoke Gifford’s three South Glos councillors.

With SGC’s own figures showing that the new bus lane will reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, and only during the morning peak, with no improvement at other times of the day, the £1.47 million cost of installing it was described by Cllr Ernie Brown, chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council, as “economic suicide”.

More: Public meeting to take place on Tuesday 22nd November »

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Legion gearing up for Poppy Appeal launch

Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 11:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE helps launch the Stoke Gifford RBL branch's Poppy Appeal for 2015/16.

After another successful fundraising year, the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is already gearing up for its 2016/17 Poppy Appeal.

The branch, which covers Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge, Stoke Gifford and Filton, will stage its traditional Poppy Appeal launch event at Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 28th October, starting at 2pm.

VIP guests expected to attend the launch are Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE, national RBL trustee Martyn Tighe and branch vice-president Jack Lopresti MP.

Alf Sollars from the Patchway RBL branch, motorcyclists from the RBL Riders and Andrew Phelps, the Stoke Gifford Senior Scout Leader, will also be there.

University of the West of England student Zak Ajjane will play the Last Post and Reveille.

Branch chairman and Poppy Appeal organiser John Moloney has led the branch to another successful fundraising year with the 2015/16 branch total standing at £49,000 in mid-September (the appeal year ends on 30th September).

The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL’s Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to current and ex-service personnel and their families.

More: Could YOU spare just two hours of your time to help? »

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World championships success for Stoke Gifford Taekwon-do fighters

Posted on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The UK International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Bristol team at the 2016 ITF World Championships.

Stoke Gifford Taekwon-do were triumphant at the recent ITF World Championships held in Brighton.

Six members of the club were selected to represent Team UK at the Championships, which were held at the end of July. There were over 39 countries participating in the Worlds, from all continents, which totalled to over 500 competitors.

William Lambern who lives in Stoke Gifford, performed excellently in his first outing at an international championships against some really superb competition from Ireland and Australia, but was unable to get into a medal position.

Esme McCarthy also from Stoke Gifford, came up against some equally tough competition from Canada, Argentina and two Australians in the patterns category but rose to the challenge and was elated to come away with the first place World Champion title! She also had a tough draw in the sparring, as she was moved up to the heavier weight category. She put up a great fight to beat Canada in the first round but was beaten in the next round by Ireland – however this was enough to get her a well deserved bronze.

Lucie Robertshaw was also making her international debut and had a tough decision in her first round patterns draw against Argentina. This did not deter her though, and she went on to put in a fantastic effort against some really mature, tall girls in the special technique division. All her extra practice had paid off and she was rewarded with a well deserved World silver medal for her efforts.

More: Club members already looking forward to 2018 event in Argentina »

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