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Study looks at closing Parkway bridge to cars

Posted on Saturday 21st October 2017 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the railway bridge near Parkway Station, with a "buses and cycles only" sign superimposed.

Leaked document reveals council is looking at closing bridge to general traffic, to help speed MetroBus journeys.

Campaigners who successfully petitioned for a review of South Gloucestershire Council’s decision to construct a new bus lane on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford say they are shocked to hear that one of the alternative proposals being actively considered by the council includes the closure to general traffic of the Parkway Station railway bridge (linking Hatchet Road to Brierly Furlong).

The bus lane, or whatever alternative proposal might replace it, is required to support a ‘second phase’ MetroBus route known as the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), which will link The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with Bristol Parkway Station and serve the new developments planned for the former Filton Airfield site.

The council insists that measures are needed to shorten MetroBus bus journey times and “increase reliability” on the Hatchet Road section of the route, but campaigners have argued that the bus lane scheme represents poor value for money and will only achieve minimal journey time improvements.

Their preferred alternative, which would remove the need to remove mature hedgerows and trees from both sides of Hatchet Road, is to review the number of bus stops and implement lay-bys at those that are deemed necessary.

A study note seen by the Journal and known to be in the possession of local councillors and campaigners, describes a £1.5m scheme to restrict the Parkway railway bridge to buses, taxis, pedestrians and cyclists only. This would be supported by a £6.5m scheme to widen the Winterbourne Road to dual carriageway along its full length between the Hatchet Road Roundabout and Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) and a £5m scheme of improvements at Great Stoke Roundabout.

The supporting elements are understood to be necessary to handle the general traffic that would need to use the soon-to-open Stoke Gifford Transport Link as an alternative route.

More: Scheme "would have a good chance of achieving funding" »

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Hatchet Road: Council concedes to petitioners’ demands for bus lane review

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017 at 11:47 pm by SH (Editor)

CPME Hatchet Road bus lane overview plan.

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a new bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford say they are “delighted” to have succeeded in convincing South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) that it should review its previous decision to press ahead with the scheme despite widespread opposition within the local community.

The proposed new southbound bus lane on Hatchet Road 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 claim it is a waste of money (costing £2m to reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, during the morning peak only) and say they are concerned that its construction will cause severe disruption to traffic in the area.

Their preferred alternative is to review the number of bus stops on Hatchet Road and implement lay-bys at those that are deemed necessary. This, they claim, would facilitate better traffic flow for all road users. SGC’s own figures show that such a scheme would save over £1.25m and achieve improved bus journey time savings in comparison to the bus lane option.

The decision to hold a review was reached following a debate at SGC’s Full Council meeting on 19th July, which had been triggered after a petition against the bus lane passed the critical 2,500 mark.

Around 20 members of the Hatchet Road Action Group attended the meeting, led by Paul Tanner, who was given five minutes to introduce the petition prior to the debate. Three other action group members, Sue Bandcroft, Susan Kelly and James Buckingham, took the opportunity to speak during the ‘items from the public’ session at the start of the meeting.

More: Transport officers told to re-examine plans for the route »

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South Glos Council to debate Hatchet Road bus lane petition on 19th July

Posted on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 8:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing members of the Action Group standing at a bus stop.

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a new bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford will have another chance to persuade councillors to abandon the scheme when their 3,200+ signature petition is debated at a full meeting of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) on Wednesday 19th July.

The proposed new southbound bus lane on Hatchet Road 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 claim it is a waste of money (costing £2m to reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, during the morning peak only) and say they are concerned that its construction will cause severe disruption to traffic in the area.

Their preferred alternative is to review the number of bus stops on Hatchet Road and implement lay-bys at those that are deemed necessary. This, they claim, would facilitate better traffic flow for all road users. SGC’s own figures show that such a scheme would save over £1.25m and achieve improved bus journey time savings in comparison to the bus lane option.

The Journal understands from local SGC councillors that the meeting on 19th July is unlikely to overturn the previous decision, but will instead be asked to consider whether a review of that decision should take place.

Paul Tanner, who fronts the Hatchet Road Action group, said:

“I am delighted that we have managed to get over 3,200 signatures for our petition. This reflects the widespread local support for our campaign and the tremendous efforts of so many people in the action group.”

More: Campaigners demand more openness and transparency »

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Hatchet Road petition presented to council

Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

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

Residents campaigning to reverse a decision to construct a one-way bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford have begun the formal process to secure a debate at a full meeting of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) after their petition passed the critical milestone of 2,500 signatures in early May.

The campaigners are opposed to the bus lane, which will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, because it will require the destruction of hedgerows and many mature trees and yet bring no significant improvement in bus journey times.

Paul Tanner who fronts the Hatchet Road Action Group, presented the petition to the meeting of SGC’s Full Council on 17th May (see below).

The earliest opportunity for the matter to be debated would be at the next Full Council meeting on 19th July, but SGC officers are yet to confirm a date.

Mr Tanner says he has made a number of Freedom of Information requests to the council for unpublished reports associated with the original decision. These, he claims, further support the group’s case that the decision was made without a proper appraisal of all the options on the table.

Should the group’s actions at SGC prove unfruitful, it is planned to approach the new Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles, who, prior to his election, pledged to call for a review of the Hatchet Road section of the CPME route.

More: Paul Tanner’s speech to Full Council on 17th May»

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