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Survey work this week on Hatchet Road as SGC continues to progress bus lane scheme

Posted on Monday 20th February 2017 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford, where a new southbound bus lane is proposed as part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension project.

Two road surveys being carried out this week will provide visual confirmation that South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) remains determined to proceed with its plan to construct a new bus lane along Hatchet Road, despite overwhelming opposition from local councillors and residents.

The new southbound bus lane, between the Gipsy Patch Lane and Ratcliffe Drive roundabouts, will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which will link The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with Bristol Parkway Station and serve the new developments planned for the former Filton Airfield site.

A survey using ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment is to be carried out over five nights starting tonight (Monday 20th February), in order to map underground services and “help towards the preparation of the CPME plans”.

Additionally, on Tuesday (21st February) consultants working for SGC will be undertaking manual traffic counts on Hatchet Road for approximately 1.5 hours in the morning peak period and 1.5 hours in the evening peak.  These surveys are said to be needed to “inform transport modelling as part of the CPME scheme”.

A statement on the CPME page of the Travelwest website reads:

“There will be some traffic management on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford, beginning on the evening of Monday 20th February and lasting for five nights whilst we perform survey work on the highway. This work will be located between the Gipsy Patch Lane and Ratcliffe Drive/Sandringham Road roundabouts.”

“This work has been planned to take place when it will cause the least disruption and will therefore be carried out overnight from Monday to Friday between 7.30pm and 5am. We will need to close one lane at a time to undertake the survey and will therefore place temporary traffic lights to carry out the survey work during the above times only. Vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions but will be controlled by the traffic lights.”

More: Work does not signal start of construction, emphasises council »

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Plans go in for fourth platform at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol Parkway Railway Station, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Network Rail has submitted a planning application for proposed works at Bristol Parkway Station that include adding a fourth platform (to be designated ‘platform 1’) and extending the length of the three existing platforms (nos. 2, 3 and 4).

The aim of the project is to enable two new London to Bristol services to operate each hour, in each direction, from December 2018 and improve the overall passenger capacity at the station.

The work is part of the Great Western Capacity Enhancement Programme which aims to provide significant passenger capacity enhancement through the operation of longer trains and additional services, as well as reduced journey times, particularly between Bristol and London Paddington.

  • Network Rail is obliged to deliver infrastructure to enable:
  • Two new London to Bristol Temple Meads via Parkway services each hour, in each direction, from December 2018
  • Improved operational flexibility, over the base May 2016 layout, sufficient to allow empty coaching stock moves to and from the new Hitachi train depot at the Filton Triangle (Stoke Gifford)
  • Parallel moves from Bristol Parkway towards Filton (from the new platform 1) and South Wales (from the existing platform 2)

The new platform will be 300m in length, while the extended lengths of platform 2 to 4 will range from 299m to 333m, allowing them to accommodate the new fleet of Hitachi trains.

The Bristol Parkway platform work is one of a number of major railway projects being implemented in the Bristol area including the electrification of the Great Western Mainline and the renewal of signalling across the Bristol area.

More: Network Rail website will provide updates throughout the works »

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