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Developer money used to plug £420k overspend on Cheswick Bus Link

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 9:33 am by SH (Editor)

A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

A new bus-only road constructed between the UWE Frenchay Campus and MOD Abbey Wood is estimated to have cost nearly half a million pounds more than originally planned.

Built by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), the 1km-long Cheswick Bus Link opened on 17th September and was said at the time to have cost £1.5 million, with £1.2 million of that coming from companies involved in the nearby Cheswick Village housing development.

However, a report presented to a meeting of SGC’s Policy and Resources Committee on Monday (5th November) reveals that the costs of constructing the link are currently estimated to be “up to £420k higher than anticipated”.

According to the report, this is due to unforeseen ground conditions encountered during the construction phase of the scheme, which required additional construction depth and additional costs for the disposal of material. In addition, during the construction it also became clear that a drainage retention facility would be necessary.

Council officers have proposed that the overspend be funded from Section 106 contributions associated with Hortham Village (Almondsbury), another new housing development in the Bristol North Fringe, albeit some six miles from Cheswick.

The Cheswick Bus Link is currently being used by two services, Wessex Red’s number 19 (UWE to Bristol City CEntre via Horfield and Redland) and First Group’s number 70 (UWE to Bristol Temple Meads Station via Ashley Down Road).

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Cheswick Bus Link officially opened

Posted on Monday 17th September 2012 at 1:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Cheswick Bus Link.

The Cheswick Bus Link, a bus and cycle-only route running east-west along the northern boundary of the Cheswick Village housing development, was officially opened today by representatives of the University of the West of England (UWE) and South Gloucestershre Council (SGC).

The 1km bus and cycle-only route between the UWE Frenchay Campus and Abbey Wood Roundabout in Stoke Gifford is set to improve journey times and reduce delays by allowing buses to bypass traffic on the Ring Road and Coldharbour Lane.

The link will also connect residents of the new Cheswick Village development into the area’s public transport network and provide a vital link to the proposed Romney Avenue Bus Link, south of Cheswick Village, combining to form a direct, bus only route between the North Fringe and Bristol.

The link can be used by pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates an automatic bus barrier to allow controlled access of buses onto the UWE-owned section of the link at the rear of the University campus.

Chair of SGC’s Planning and Transportation Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said:

“I’m delighted to be opening another link in our area’s public transport network, helping improve services for bus users and reducing congestion on our roads.”

“This route builds on the Greater Bristol Bus Network infrastructure and will complement other schemes such as the Great Stoke Way bus lane and the Abbey Wood Roundabout improvements.”

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