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Planning application submitted for long-awaited Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Posted on Friday 24th May 2013 at 2:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Transport Link (Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

A planning application to build a new by-pass for Stoke Gifford has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

The application comes less than two weeks after the council agreed to buy up land along the route in an effort to speed up its construction.

The officially-named Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL) – known locally as ‘the by-pass’ – will be a new 1.6km single carriageway highway linking Great Stoke Way at the Parkway North Roundabout to the A4174 Avon Ring Road.

The new road will be used as part of the North Fringe to Hengrove Bus Rapid Transit network, which is a major new transport scheme.

The SGTL will provide congestion relief for general traffic users in the Stoke Gifford area, providing an alternative crossing over the Great Western railway line and by-passing existing congestion bottlenecks near Bristol Parkway Station and along Old Gloucester Road and Brierly Furlong.

The by-pass had been due to open over ten years ago in order to deal with the huge congestion in the North Fringe of Bristol created by large-scale new development, including the new town of Bradley Stoke, but was shelved by a previous council administration.

Stoke Gifford Conservative councillors Keith Cranney and Justin Howells said:

“Many local people will remember that this link road was planned as part of the development that saw thousands of new homes built at Bradley Stoke and other nearby locations in order to ensure that there was new infrastructure put in place to cope with all these extra commuters.”

More: Construction planned to start in Spring 2015 »

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Funfair now open in Little Stoke Park

Posted on Thursday 16th May 2013 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Funfair in Little Stoke Park, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Local residents have four days to enjoy a funfair that opened tonight in Little Stoke Park.

Described by the parish council as a “small fun fair”, the attraction nonetheless includes dodgems, a ghost train and a number of other rides, as well as attractions for smaller children.

Opening times advertised by the council are :

  • Thursday 16th May: 6pm-9pm
  • Friday 17th May: 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday 18th May: 1pm-9pm*
  • Sunday 19th May: 1pm-6pm*

(*funfair advertising states 2pm-9pm for weekend).

More photos on PicasaWeb (The Journal).

Poster advertising Stoke Gifford Village Fete.

Coming soon: The Stoke Gifford Village Fete at the Trust Grounds on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May (2pm to 5pm). Fun and games for all the family plus a Fun Dog Show in association with Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) from 2pm to 4pm.

Attractions include swing-boats; tea and cake; archery; barbecue; Punch & Judy; quad bikes; bouncy castles; Taekwon-do demonstration; brass band; stalls; coconut shy; candy floss; art and crafts and lots more.

The fete is sponsored by Stoke Gifford Trust Committee, Stoke Gifford Parish Council and Stoke Gifford Scout Group.

For more details, visit: www.stokegiffordtrust.org.uk.

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Council agrees to buy up land on Stoke Gifford By-Pass route

Posted on Monday 13th May 2013 at 11:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Rapid transit bus, as proposed for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package.

Millions of pounds of transport investment in South Gloucestershire have been given the green light today, including money for two schemes in the Stoke Gifford area.

Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Policy and Resources Committee have given the green light to buy up the remaining land not already under council ownership along the route of the flagship £102m North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit scheme, including the Stoke Gifford Transport Link road (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Councillors also agreed to spend £4m to make capacity improvements to the Filton Roundabout and Gipsy Patch Lane junctions on the A38, to improve commuter journey times.

Cllr Brian Allinson (Stoke Gifford), Conservative Lead Member and Chairman of the Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“This is major financial commitment for the council and once again demonstrates our ongoing commitment to do what we can to tackle traffic congestion, promote public transport and improve air quality and journey times in and around our communities.”

“South Gloucestershire continues to be a sought after location to live and do business and by providing the necessary transport infrastructure improvements, including at critical junctions, we can make sure that this growth is as sustainable as possible.”

“The more land we can buy up now from willing landowners along the rapid transit route, including along the Stoke Gifford Transport Link road, the sooner that we can be ready to start construction work because we can minimise the amount of land that will be subject to the lengthy Compulsory Purchase process.”

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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