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Off-peak traffic lights coming to Hatchet Road for MetroBus utilities investigation

Posted on Monday 24th April 2017 at 9:29 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.

Residents of the Stokes are being warned of roadworks due to take place on Hatchet Road in late April and May, in connection with the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme.

An announcement on the CPME page of the Travelwest website states that the work involves digging temporary trial trenches to confirm the location of underground utilities.

The start date on Hatchet Road is dependent on another set of investigative work being completed on Gipsy Patch Lane (see link below). The work is also weather dependent.

Once work begins on Hatchet Road, there will be a  need to close one lane at a time in particular places along Hatchet Road between the Gipsy Patch Lane roundabout and the Ratcliffe Drive roundabout.  This will require temporary traffic lights between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays.

The announcement stresses that vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions, but this will be controlled by the temporary traffic lights.

The work is expected to last for approximately two weeks. There may also be a need to close particular bus stops for a short period of time when contractors are digging close by. Other bus stops on Hatchet Road will remain open for use at these times.

A petition calling on South Gloucestershire Council (and the soon-to-be-elected West of England ‘Metro Mayor’) to abandon the plan for a southbound bus lane along part of Hatchet Road as part of the CPME scheme recently passed the 2,000 signature mark. Opponents say the £2m cost of the bus lane cannot be justified by the minimal journey time savings it will achieve and they object to the “unnecessary destruction of mature trees and hedgerows along both sides of Hatchet Road”.

• The imminent work on Gipsy Patch Lane will involve a temporary road closure at the railway bridge on three weekends. Read more…

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Group formed to “Save Hatchet Road” from “white elephant” MetroBus scheme

Posted on Monday 10th April 2017 at 9:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a bus lane along Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford.

A residents’ action group formed to fight plans by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) to install a £2 million bus lane down one side of Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford has distributed more than 4,000 leaflets and gathered almost 1,000 petition signatures in the space of just three weeks.

The new southbound-only bus lane 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.

Local residents and councillors are opposed to the bus lane because it will require mature hedgerows and trees to be removed from both sides of Hatchet Road. They also question the cost-effectiveness of the scheme, with SGC’s own figures showing that the new bus lane will reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, and this only during the morning peak, with no improvement at other times of the day (see table below).

There are also concerns that construction of the bus lane might require the road to be made one-way for a long period of time, leading to the village being “cut off”.

The Hatchet Road Action Group was formed following a public meeting on 7th March, at which Stoke Gifford’s three district councillors said they had abandoned plans to present a motion to SGC calling on it to scrap the bus lane plan in favour of a cheaper and more effective alternative using bus lay-bys, because it was certain to be defeated, leaving them “in a worse position than now”.

Speaking at the meeting, Ernie Brown, district councillor and chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council, said: “Having a bus lane in only one direction and for only part of the route through Stoke Gifford is a waste of time and money. It’s a white elephant.”

More: Table of time savings and costs, as presented to councillors »

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SGC rejects councillors’ appeal to reconsider Hatchet Road bus lane plan

Posted on Monday 6th March 2017 at 5:15 pm by SH (Editor)

CPME Hatchet Road bus lane overview plan.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has reaffirmed its intention to construct a controversial £2 million bus lane down one side of Hatchet Road, despite appeals from local councillors to put the project on hold or consider replacing it with a cheaper scheme that would avoid the need to rip out mature hedgerows and scores of mature trees.

The new southbound bus lane, approved by SGC’s Environment & Community Services (ECS) Committee in July 2016, forms 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.

With SGC’s own figures showing that the new bus lane will reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, and this only during the morning peak, with no improvement at other times of the day, the cost of installing it has been described by Cllr Ernie Brown, chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council, as “economic suicide”.

Following a public meeting held last November, Stoke Gifford’s three district councillors, Ernie Brown, Brian Allinson and Keith Cranney, vowed to table a motion at the next meeting of SGC’s Full Council to “defer the decision made by the ECS Committee until the impact of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass is known”. However, no such motion was tabled at the subsequent Full Council meeting in February and the Journal understands that the councillors abandoned their plan to submit a motion when they realised it would fail due to a lack of support from their colleagues within the ruling Conservative group.

In a joint statement, the three Stoke Gifford councillors said:

“We have raised residents’ concerns with members of the ECS Committee on several occasions since the November 2016 public meeting in Stoke Gifford. In these discussions, it was made clear to us that the decision made by the committee in July 2016 will not be changed. This is despite the fact that the officer report presented to the July 2016 meeting showed that the alternative ‘option 3’ scheme, consisting of bus lay-bys without a bus lane, would cost less than the agreed ‘option 1’ bus lane scheme, and yet yield faster journey times for MetroBus vehicles.”

“The chair and deputy chair of the ECS Committee have confirmed to us that a bus lane will be added along the Meade Park side of Hatchet Road, irrespective of the impact that the opening of the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass has on local traffic flows.”

The Stoke Gifford By-Pass, known officially as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL), is currently due to open in September 2017.

More: Letter published by parish council. Responses from SGC »

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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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