Frustration over Parkway ‘MetroBus’ works

Posted on Saturday 7th March 2020 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Improvement works at the bus stops under way in early February.

Railway passengers who use bus services or bicycles to access Bristol Parkway have expressed frustration at the impact of bus stop improvement works that started without warning in the forecourt of the busy station on Monday 3rd February.

Passengers arriving by rail have been confronted by metres of ‘Heras’ metal fencing surrounding the bus stop area and inadequate signage directing them to two temporary stops half-way down the exit road.

Six days into the work, one frustrated passenger tweeted: “Please can you place some clear signage at Bristol Parkway advising where the buses are going to stop during the works – there’s a lot of confused people wandering around.”

Passengers arriving by bicycle found the extensive two-tier bike storage facility at the station rendered inaccessible by the works, with just a small row of “wheel grabber” racks offered as replacement. Cyclists complained that these racks of this design don’t easily allow a secure D-lock to be used and aren’t suitable for wide-tyred bikes.

More substantial and secure temporary bike racks appeared at the station during the third week of the works, but not before one frustrated cyclist who contacted the Journal had spent £700 on a fold-up bike so she could avoid having to leave her original bike inadequately secured.

No information about the scope of the bus stop work or its duration is on display at the station and passengers who made enquiries at the ticket office were told that it was “council MetroBus works and nothing to do with GWR [the train operator which manages the station]”.

However, South Gloucestershire Council’s response to enquiries made by the Journal yielded a contradictory account, with a spokesperson saying: “GWR are managing the work currently taking place at Bristol Parkway Station, which includes improvements to bus stop facilities for local services and MetroBus stops.”

More: Work is expected to take 16 weeks to complete »

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Gipsy Patch Lane: 8-month full road closure set to start on Thursday

Posted on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 9:15 pm by SH (Editor)

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Residents of the Stokes who use Gipsy Patch Lane to access employment, shopping and leisure facilities to the west of the railway line are being encouraged to plan ahead for an eight-month full closure of the road that is due to start on Thursday 5th March.

The road closure is needed so that a new, much-wider railway bridge can be moved into place, and for the associated highway works to be completed.

The new wider bridge will provide room for new bus lanes in each direction and shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways, as well as general traffic lanes.

The southern end of Station Road, which emerges onto Gipsy Patch Lane near the bridge, will also be closed to motorised traffic for the same eight-month period. However, pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to pass between Gipsy Patch Lane and Station Road via a temporary footbridge over the culvert that runs along the east side of Station Road.

For motorised through traffic, there will be a signed diversion route throughout the closure period. This will take motorists via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38. Additional signage will also be placed on the wider road network informing motorists of the Gipsy Patch Lane closure and advising them to use alternative routes.

There will also be a signed diversion route for vehicles to reach Station Road from Gipsy Patch Lane (and vice versa), via Little Stoke Lane and Clay Lane.

More: Closure applies to all road users, including pedestrians & cyclists »

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New members welcome at Little Stoke Scouts

Posted on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 6:14 pm by SH (Editor)

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The 1st Little Stoke Scout Group is looking forward to welcoming new members, both adults and young people, at a special Open Event being held on Thursday 5th March, writes group leader Tony Edmonds.

The group has been providing activities for boys and girls in Little Stoke and surrounding areas since 1952.

We are a family focused group and place great emphasis on outdoor and residential experiences. Our Beavers have sleepovers and Cubs and Scouts have annual camps. Scouts normally have a week-long summer camp and Cubs a long weekend camp. This is supplemented with weekends away such as at this year’s Avon Jamboree when thousands of children will gather to have a weekend of fun and friendship. These experiences are what a child remembers and they take these memories into their adult lives, many return years later with their own children as they want the same for them. Many of our children have had the chance to also experience trips abroad such as those who last year visited the USA for the World Scout Jamboree.

Scouting provides its members ‘Skills for Life’. From age 6 upwards, young people can become part of a community-based youth provision focusing on creating a better world for all. Making friends and taking part in adventure is what we do and we can’t wait to welcome more people into the group.

Scouting allows young people to develop in a variety of ways, with a programme so varied that there is always somewhere for a young person to excel and areas for them to develop. By celebrating young people and ensuring our programmes are youth-led, we hope to create an atmosphere of encouragement and positivity where young people can thrive.

As a volunteer-based provision, we rely on adults to support us in a variety of roles from weekday meetings to camps and behind the scenes work, there really is something for everyone! With a fantastic training programme, adults can develop their own skills and find their own adventure along the way.

More: Aim is to double current provision for Beavers and Cubs »

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£120k of grant funding for Little Stoke Park

Posted on Thursday 27th February 2020 at 1:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of ward councillors (l-r): Brian Allinson, Ernie Brown and Keith Cranney.

Stoke Gifford’s three district councillors have welcomed the news that sports facilities in Little Stoke Park are set to benefit from more than £120,000 worth of improvements, through funding that South Gloucestershire Council has secured from local developments.

The grants are part of a package of more than £310,000 that is being invested across South Gloucestershire, thanks to funding secured via Section 106 agreements with developers.

The money to be invested in Little Stoke Park has come from the developer of Northfield Park, Charlton Hayes. Of this, £23,307 will go to Aretians RFC to improve drainage on the grass rugby pitch, while Stoke Gifford Parish Council will receive £97,840 to construct a new storage building, install floodlighting around the main football pitch and make enhancements to the BMX pump track.

The grant to the parish council is subject to the award of planning consent for the relevant elements of the proposals.

Further details of the two Little Stoke Park grants can be found in the panel below.

Elsewhere in the Bristol North Fringe, £46,619 is going to Bristol BMX Club to improve facilities at The Tumps BMX track in Patchway, £7,000 to Patchway Town Council to enhance the basketball court at Blakeney Road Playing Field; £95,000 to Filton Town Council to convert two tennis courts in Elm Park to multi-use games areas; £11,367 match funding towards improving the changing rooms and kitchen area at Almondsbury Sports and Recreation Centre; and £11,367 to North Bristol Rugby Football Club for car park improvements at Oaklands, Almondsbury.

Continued: More details of what the money will be spent on »

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