Plans for a major new single carriageway road to relieve congestion, improve public transport links and support business and housing growth in the North Fringe of Bristol have been approved by councillors.
Members of the South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee granted planning permission for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass) at their meeting this afternoon (Wednesday 11th September).
The mile-long route will run between Parkway North Roundabout and the A4174 Ring Road (emerging opposite the Holiday Inn) and will include bus lanes, two new bridges and a separate pedestrian and cycle route on its western side.
Subject to confirmation of government funding, the new road will be used as part of the £102 million North Fringe to Hengrove Bus Rapid Transit network, a major new public transport scheme.
As well as reducing congestion and enhancing public transport links in the area, the council hopes that the route will play a key role in supporting future economic development in the North Fringe area.
It will also provide a vital link between new housing developments in nearby Harry Stoke, and local employment opportunities and services.
Work on the £14 million scheme is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with completion expected in 2017.
Image: Indicative plan of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass, published during a public consultation on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package bus rapid transit scheme in 2012.
- North Fringe Rapid Transit (Bradley Stoke Journal)
- Interactive map of the proposed bus rapid transit route in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford (Bradley Stoke Journal)