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Stoke Gifford By-Pass to open “by Christmas”

Posted on Saturday 14th October 2017 at 10:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo: Looking from north Highbrook Park, towards Hambrook Lane.

Commuters heading south from Bradley Stoke towards the A4174 Ring Road and the M32 could soon have a new route option open to them with the news that the currently under-construction Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL, known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass) is set to open before the end of the year.

The new road, which will be open to all traffic (not just MetroBus), will link Parkway North Roundabout on Great Stoke Way (A) and the A41474 Ring Road (D), close to the Holiday Inn. [See annotations on map below.]

Its construction has required the installation of two new bridges, one over the main railway line (B, near Kings Drive) and the second over the Ham Brook (C, close to the new Crest Nicholson housing development at Highbrook Park).

Contractors Alun Griffiths report that the carriageway is now fully surfaced, with the exception of the section over the Ham Brook bridge.

A MetroBus spokesperson has confirmed to the Journal that it is hoped to have the new road open “before Christmas”. The Ham Brook bridge is expected to be completed in mid-October. Work on the installation of traffic signals is ongoing.

MetroBus services on the North Fringe to Hengrove (NFHP) route, which will make use of the SGTL, will now not begin until 2018. Information on operators and the service start date “will follow next year”, added the spokesperson.

Photo: Looking north from the Hambrook Lane junction, towards the new railway bridge and Bradley Stoke.

Top: Looking from north Highbrook Park, towards Hambrook Lane.  Above: Looking north from the Hambrook Lane junction, towards the new railway bridge and Bradley Stoke.

More: Junction of Hambrook Lane and the SGTL will be restricted »

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Temporary changes to traffic flow at Parkway North Roundabout

Posted on Monday 1st May 2017 at 10:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Parkway North Roundabout.

Motorists and cyclists using Great Stoke Way and Hunts Ground Road are being warned to expect temporary changes to the traffic flow around Parkway North Roundabout this week.

On Tuesday (2nd May), MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths will introduce traffic management at the roundabout which will involve manoeuvring all traffic (i.e. approaching from both directions) around the northern side of the roundabout so that work can be undertaken on the remainder of the roundabout.

This work, which is expected to last for approximately one week, will involve correcting the road levels in readiness for a tie-in to the northern end of the under-construction Stoke Gifford Transport Link (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Normal access to the nearby Griffiths site compound will be closed during this period of work.

A Griffiths spokesperson said:

“No temporary lights will be used, but traffic will need to slow on the approach to negotiate the north side of the roundabout at this point.”

Related link: Stoke Gifford By-Pass (The Journal)

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Work under way on Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 1:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford By-Pass construction at Parkway North.

Construction work on the Stoke Gifford By-Pass, which forms part of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route and will provide a new link for general traffic between Bradley Stoke and the A4174 (Avon Ring Road), is now under way at Parkway North.

The Stoke Gifford Transport Link (as the by-pass is officially known) is a single carriageway highway which will provide a link between the Parkway North Roundabout, Stoke Gifford and the Ring Road, emerging along what is currently the access road into the Highbrook Park housing development.

It will be around 1.6km in length, with a dedicated bus lane and a foot/cycle way on its western side. The link will cross the railway line and the Ham Brook via two new bridges being constructed for the project.

The new road will also provide access to the proposed East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood, where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be constructed by 2027.

Cllr Brian Allinson, chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board, and also chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“MetroBus is set to provide a new public transport link across the area, from Hengrove in south Bristol, direct through to UWE in the north. This section, the Stoke Gifford Transport Link, extends the services thorough to Parkway Station and on to Cribbs Causeway and will help ease traffic congestion by providing another railway line crossing south from Stoke Gifford.”

“MetroBus has been a long time in the planning and development. It‘s tremendous to see the actual on the ground work starting, and we are all looking forward to riding on the first buses.”

More: Hambrook Lane closed for up to 38 weeks »

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