Council agrees to buy up land on Stoke Gifford By-Pass route

Rapid transit bus, as proposed for the North Fringe to Hengrove Package.

Millions of pounds of transport investment in South Gloucestershire have been given the green light today, including money for two schemes in the Stoke Gifford area.

Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Policy and Resources Committee have given the green light to buy up the remaining land not already under council ownership along the route of the flagship £102m North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit scheme, including the Stoke Gifford Transport Link road (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Councillors also agreed to spend £4m to make capacity improvements to the Filton Roundabout and Gipsy Patch Lane junctions on the A38, to improve commuter journey times.

Cllr Brian Allinson (Stoke Gifford), Conservative Lead Member and Chairman of the Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“This is major financial commitment for the council and once again demonstrates our ongoing commitment to do what we can to tackle traffic congestion, promote public transport and improve air quality and journey times in and around our communities.”

“South Gloucestershire continues to be a sought after location to live and do business and by providing the necessary transport infrastructure improvements, including at critical junctions, we can make sure that this growth is as sustainable as possible.”

“The more land we can buy up now from willing landowners along the rapid transit route, including along the Stoke Gifford Transport Link road, the sooner that we can be ready to start construction work because we can minimise the amount of land that will be subject to the lengthy Compulsory Purchase process.”

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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