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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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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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Councillors approve Stoke Gifford By-Pass plans

Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 5:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Transport Link (Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Plans for a major new single carriageway road to relieve congestion, improve public transport links and support business and housing growth in the North Fringe of Bristol have been approved by councillors.

Members of the South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee granted planning permission for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass) at their meeting this afternoon (Wednesday 11th September).

The mile-long route will run between Parkway North Roundabout and the A4174 Ring Road (emerging opposite the Holiday Inn) and will include bus lanes, two new bridges and a separate pedestrian and cycle route on its western side.

Subject to confirmation of government funding, the new road will be used as part of the £102 million North Fringe to Hengrove Bus Rapid Transit network, a major new public transport scheme.

As well as reducing congestion and enhancing public transport links in the area, the council hopes that the route will play a key role in supporting future economic development in the North Fringe area.

It will also provide a vital link between new housing developments in nearby Harry Stoke, and local employment opportunities and services.

Work on the £14 million scheme is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with completion expected in 2017.

Image: Indicative plan of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass, published during a public consultation on the North Fringe to Hengrove Package bus rapid transit scheme in 2012.

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Planning application submitted for long-awaited Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Posted on Friday 24th May 2013 at 2:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Transport Link (Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

A planning application to build a new by-pass for Stoke Gifford has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

The application comes less than two weeks after the council agreed to buy up land along the route in an effort to speed up its construction.

The officially-named Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL) – known locally as ‘the by-pass’ – will be a new 1.6km single carriageway highway linking Great Stoke Way at the Parkway North Roundabout to the A4174 Avon Ring Road.

The new road will be used as part of the North Fringe to Hengrove Bus Rapid Transit network, which is a major new transport scheme.

The SGTL will provide congestion relief for general traffic users in the Stoke Gifford area, providing an alternative crossing over the Great Western railway line and by-passing existing congestion bottlenecks near Bristol Parkway Station and along Old Gloucester Road and Brierly Furlong.

The by-pass had been due to open over ten years ago in order to deal with the huge congestion in the North Fringe of Bristol created by large-scale new development, including the new town of Bradley Stoke, but was shelved by a previous council administration.

Stoke Gifford Conservative councillors Keith Cranney and Justin Howells said:

“Many local people will remember that this link road was planned as part of the development that saw thousands of new homes built at Bradley Stoke and other nearby locations in order to ensure that there was new infrastructure put in place to cope with all these extra commuters.”

More: Construction planned to start in Spring 2015 »

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