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Little Stoke set to lose three bus services in May

Posted on Thursday 29th March 2012 at 11:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Connect bus services, Bristol

Little Stoke looks set to lose three of its bus services within the next two months following the announcement that Wessex Connect is to withdraw the U7, U8 and 482 from Sunday 20th May.

The U7 is a daytime and evening service operating between Cribbs Causeway and the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE). In Liitle Stoke, it runs along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue before heading south to Parkway Station.

The U8 is a peak hours only service between Bradley Stoke North and Bristol city centre, which travels along Braydon Avenue and Stoke Lane before heading south down the A38 Gloucester Road towards Filton.

The 482 operates between Cribbs Causeway and Chipping Sodbury via Winterbourne – also passing along Stoke Lane and Braydon Avenue.

The axing of the U7 and U8 comes just ten months after Wessex Connect introduced them as a replacement for the former 71 and 72 services, which ran hourly throughout the day and also served Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway and Gipsy Patch Lane.

The latest cuts will leave the hourly, daytime-only, 312 Thornbury to Fishponds service as the only one running along Braydon Avenue, following the earlier withdrawal of First Bristol’s 73A service in September 2010.

Wessex Connect’s withdrawal of the 71 and 72 created a storm of protest when it was announced last summer, culminating in heated exchanges at a well-attended meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum in Filton on 30th August.

The operator says it has been forced to make the latest cuts because of the challenges it faces in the current economic climate, citing continued cost increases and “limited opportunity to increase existing revenue without extortionate price increases”.

More: South Glos Council "has no budget to replace services" »

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New college building would create gridlock, claim objectors

Posted on Monday 26th March 2012 at 11:25 am by SH (Editor)

City of Bristol College's proposed Engineering Department building

City of Bristol College’s plan to build a new Engineering Department building on vacant land in front of Abbeywood Community School would lead to gridlock on local roads, according to local residents and school management.

The College has applied for permission to make alterations to its existing Parkway Transport Technology Centre and erect a new building to house its aeronautics, engineering and DAF departments. The planning application states that the proposed development would cater for 465 students, compared to the 196 that currently attend the site.

The aeronautical department is currently located at Orpen Park, Bradley Stoke, but the college states that the lease on that site will run out in the near future, while the engineering department is based at the College’s Ashley Down site.

The new building would be located on land in front of Abbeywood Community School that was left vacant following the demolition of Filton High School.

Another part of the same plot of vacant land has been earmarked for a University Technical College (UTC), a project for which the City of Bristol College is the lead sponsor, although no planning application has yet been made for that development.

A total of 17 consultation replies have been received on the plans, with nearly all of them raising concerns about the impact of the development on the capacity of the surrounding highway network.  Other concerns relate to the conflict between the college traffic and school children accessing Abbeywood Community School.

More: Abbeywood head raises "strong objection" to proposal »

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Appeal for information following Hatchet Road collision

Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 3:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Police cordon tape

Witnesses are being sought following a serious road traffic collision on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford.

At around 8am on Monday morning (19th March) a collision occurred between a motorcyclist and a pedestrian.

The 26-year-old pedestrian suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital where he remains.

Hatchet Road was closed in both directions as a result of the incident and re-opened at 10:40am.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call police on 101.

Rush hour traffic was severely disrupted by the road closure, with buses initially being diverted via Church Road, Hambrook Lane, Old Gloucester Road and Winterbourne Road. Problems with overhanging trees then forced the diversion route to be changed to Filton Avenue, Gloucester Road and Stoke Lane.

A Bristol Evening Post report published on Tuesday morning added that the motorcyclist was checked by paramedics but did not need any further treatment.

Misleading Twitter reports (example) circulating on Monday evening incorrectly implied that people had died in the incident.

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Police appeal for information after incidents involving faded red car

Posted on Wednesday 14th March 2012 at 11:30 am by SH (Editor)

Police car

Police are investigating two reports of incidents involving a faded red car in the Stoke Gifford and Frenchay area yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 13th March).

Officers had two separate calls from concerned members of the public.

The first caller had seen a boy aged about eight, with light brown hair and a gap in his front teeth shouting from the window of a faded red car as it drove along Coldharbour Lane at about 5:30pm.

The second caller had seen a white woman aged in her 20s, with blonde hair, shouting out of a similar car in Stoke Lane at about 5:55pm.

A police spokeswoman said:

“We are keen to hear from anyone else who saw a faded red car in this area in similar circumstances. Obviously we would welcome a call from anyone who recognises themselves from the description so we can make sure everything is all right.”

“Please contact South Gloucestershire police on 101 if you have any information.”

Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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