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.”
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