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Replacement railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane set to be 4-lane

Posted on Monday 16th November 2015 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

The railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, a notorious bottleneck for traffic and the scene of frequent bridge strikes by high vehicles, looks set to be replaced with a significantly wider concrete structure following a decision made by South Gloucestershire Council’s PTSE Major Schemes Sub-Committee in early October.

From November 2014 to February 2015, the council ran a preliminary consultation on plans for a so-called Cribbs/Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), which would extend the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus route (now under construction in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford) by linking two termini of the NFHP at The Mall Bus Station and Bristol Parkway Railway Station and via the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), Filton Enterprise Area, Gipsy Patch Lane and Hatchet Road.

A key improvement that the CPME project would deliver is the replacement of the railway over-bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane. The existing Victorian brick-arch structure is narrow and low, resulting in an unattractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as generating delays for buses and other traffic. A replacement bridge would improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in particular, as well as for MetroBus services and other road users.

In September 2013, the same SGC committee approved the procurement of Network Rail to undertake ‘Governance for Railway Investment Projects’ (GRIP) Stage 1 to 3 studies into improvements at the Gipsy Patch Lane railway over-bridge (and also that at Brierley Furlong, which is part of a separate project). GRIP stages 1 and 2 looked at whether it would be feasible to build the bridge. The overall conclusion of GRIP 1 and 2 was that it is technically feasible to replace the existing bridge with a new wider bridge.

More: Wider bridge will add £5m to cost of CPME »

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Proposed waiting restrictions in roads near Parkway Station set to be dropped

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 5:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Brins Close, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) looks set to abandon plans to introduce parking restrictions in a number of Stoke Gifford streets after 37 objections were received in response to the ‘statutory advertisement’ of the proposed measures.

The main purpose of the scheme, known as ‘Parkway Station Area – Review of waiting restrictions Phase 3‘, is to “discourage all-day parking by rail users and students in residential areas, particularly where this causes safety or access issues, whilst at the same time minimising the effect of waiting restrictions on residents”.

Measures proposed during Phases 1 and 2 of the review, which began in 2011, have already been implemented.

Initial consultation on the Phase 3 proposals, which affect New Road, Swallow Court, Brins Close, Beaufort Crescent, John St Quinton Close and Church Road, took place between 29th July and 18th August 2014 and revised proposals were advertised from 20th July 2015 to the 21st August.

The objections will be considered at a meeting of SGC’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee on Wednesday (11th November), at which councillors will consider a report that recommends the removal of the following elements from the scheme:

  • Limited waiting in Beaufort Crescent
  • Restricted parking Monday to Saturday, 1 – 2pm in Brins Close
  • All proposals in John St Quinton Close

The same meeting will also consider objections to a scheme of proposed waiting restrictions on Little Stoke Lane (near Clay Lane), Clay Lane and Station Road. Initial consultation on this scheme took place between 29th August and 19th September 2014 and revised proposals were advertised from 29th June to 24th July 2015.

Four objections have been received, several of which express the view that the measures will displace station commuter parking into nearby residential areas, while one local SGC councillor has raised concerns about the waiting restrictions being implemented before any additional car parking facility is provided at Patchway Station. However, council officers have recommended that the scheme be implemented as advertised.

More info: Agenda and reports for the PTSE meeting on 11th November

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Little Stoke recycling centre to stop accepting some categories of waste

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 11:03 am by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

Local DIY enthusiasts will no longer be able to dispose of hardcore, rubble and plasterboard at the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre after South Gloucestershire Council announced restrictions on the types of waste that will be accepted at the site with effect from Monday 18th May.

The council says the changes are intended to “open up more space to ensure that staff and residents can safely move around the site,” which is the smallest of four household waste facilities operated by the authority.

The move comes just over a month after an employee of the site operator SUEZ Environment (formerly SITA UK) suffered “serious” injuries after being in collision with a shovel loading vehicle during the process of exchanging containers.

The full list of items that will no longer be accepted at the Station Road site is as follows: Cans, aerosols, foil, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers (bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs etc), tyres, plasterboard, hardcore and rubble.

Rigid/hard plastic items such as children’s toys and garden furniture will still be accepted.

The council emphasises that cans, aerosols, foil, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers can continue to be disposed off via its fortnightly kerbside collection service.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said:

“To minimise the impact and inconvenience to local residents, we have chosen to discontinue the items that will affect the least number of people who use Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre. We have selected items that every household can dispose of through our normal household recycling collections, such as cans, glass, paper and plastics. Others are items that residents don’t need to dispose of on a regular basis, such as hardcore, rubble, plasterboard and tyres.”

More: Other centres at Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield not affected »

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Employee seriously injured in accident at Little Stoke recycling centre

Posted on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 5:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

The Stoke Gifford Sort It! recycling centre in Station Road, Little Stoke has been temporarily closed today (Thursday 9th April) following an accident in which an employee of the site operator SUEZ Environment (formerly SITA UK) suffered “serious” injuries.

The incident is understood to have occurred at approximately 9.45am and the injured employee was taken to Southmead Hospital by paramedics. A statement issued at midday described the employee’s injuries as “serious, but not life-threatening”.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said:

“A SUEZ Environment employee was unfortunately injured in an accident involving a SUEZ vehicle at the Stoke Gifford Sort It! centre earlier this morning. We have closed the centre whilst the police and SUEZ carry out a full investigation and the Health & Safety Executive has been informed.”

A SUEZ Environment spokesperson added:

“The injured employee was in the process of exchanging containers when a collision occurred with a shovel loading vehicle. The incident took place in an area of the site that is off limits to the public.”

“While the police enquiries are ongoing, it has been necessary to close the site to members of the public today. We expect that it will reopen as normal tomorrow (Friday 10th April).”

“Anyone wishing to visit the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre today should instead use the facilities at Yate, Mangotsfield or Thornbury. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.”

Photo: Archive image of the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre.

Related link: Sort It! centres (South Gloucestershire Council)

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