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Councillors banking on “sustainable” modes of transport to prevent gridlock

Posted on Friday 9th January 2015 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council's transport strategy for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.

A joint statement by Cllrs Brian Allinson (Conservative), Pat Hockey (Lib Dem) and Roger Hutchinson (Labour), lead members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee.

The Cribbs/Patchway new neighbourhood is set to be a major feature of the North Fringe in the coming years. By 2027 it will provide 5,700 new homes, together with a new Enterprise Area linked to Filton’s world-class aerospace sector. It’s a rare opportunity to create a sustainable, attractive new community, right in the heart of the West of England’s economic powerhouse, and it’s important we get it right.

Top of many people’s to-do list is transport, and that’s understandable. The North Fringe already has very busy roads, thanks to its vibrant economy, and the prospect of thousands of new vehicles arriving with the inhabitants of the new neighbourhood is daunting. Traffic congestion hampers economic development, reduces the quality of life for residents and harms the environment. If the new neighbourhood is going to work, we need to offer new residents viable alternatives to the private car and, ideally, we need these alternatives to be in place before they move in.

We’ll do this in a number of ways. First, we’ll ensure through the planning process that all development prioritises sustainable types of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport, over the private car. Second, we’ll make sure that the new neighbourhood offers a genuine choice of travel modes – one size won’t fit all, and we’re investing in a range of transport options to make sure that individual needs are catered for. And third, wherever possible we’ll link transport provision to the neighbourhood’s development phases, working with developers to ensure that new residents can make the best travel choices right from day one.

More: Cycling, walking, bus and rail are key parts of strategy »

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M5 Junction 17 (Cribbs Causeway) improvement work due to start this week

Posted on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 8:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Roadworks sign.Improvement work on the southbound exit slip road at junction 17 of the M5 is due to get under way this week.

The Highways Agency is carrying out the work as part of the Government’s Pinch Point programme, which forms part of the growth initiative outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

According to the agency: “Pinch Points provides smaller scale improvements that can deliver big returns by easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for road users as well as helping to boost local economies and drive economic growth.”

Highways Agency Project Sponsor Dave Stock said:

“At junction 17, we will be upgrading the signs and lining on the southbound off-slip to allow traffic to move towards the Cribbs Causeway area more swiftly.”

“This will have a positive impact on the M5 in this area as well as supporting growth in the surrounding area.”

Work at junction 17 will start on Thursday 8th January and is expected to be completed by the end of February.

Narrow lanes, lane closures as well as some full closures of the slip road will be required during the work for the safety of road users and the workforce.

More info: M5 Junction 17 Southbound Off-Slip, Bristol (Highways Agency)

Extracts from the Highways Agency project page:

Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The M5 Junction 17 suffers from severe congestion and subsequent delays. Queues can form back onto the M5 Motorway in peak periods resulting in slow traffic past this junction.

The estimated cost is approximately £160k.

How will the scheme be carried out?
Will be be resurfacing the southbound off-slip road and providing new road markings and signs.

What are the benefits?
The scheme improvements will result in better lane usage. The proposals achieve wider benefits in supporting growth in the surrounding area, such as at Filton, Cribbs Causeway and Patchway.

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Specsavers’ hi-vis jackets help Callicroft kids stay safe in winter

Posted on Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 6:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Callicroft Primary School, Patchway wearing high visibility vests donated by Specsavers.

A donation of high-visibility vests to a Patchway school will help ensure the pupils can “stay safe and be seen” during the winter months.

As part of Specsavers’ national sponsorship of Road Safety Week (coordinated annually by Brake), the store at Unit 30, The Mall, Cribbs Causeway handed over hundreds of high-visibility vests to Callicroft Primary School at the beginning of December.

Gaurav Patel, store director at Cribbs Causeway, said:

“During the winter months, when the evenings are darker and visibility can be limited, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure children are seen more clearly. Hopefully, the vests will give teachers and parents some peace of mind, while reaffirming the importance of road safety and looking out for each other.”

Sharon Bishop, deputy head teacher at Callicroft Primary School, said:

“Many thanks to Specsavers Cribbs for our fantastic new high-visibility jackets. Road safety is very important when we are out and about with the children and these will help us to remind them to look out for one another and to stay safe and be seen.”

Specsavers is the co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, the UK’s flagship road safety event. It’s an opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting people on bikes and foot as well as raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for more information.

For more information or to make a donation, pop in to Specsavers, Unit 30, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG, call 0117 950 3779 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/cribbscauseway.

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Council opens second consultation on proposed highway improvement measures

Posted on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 9:27 am by SH (Editor)

Double yellow lines and kerb. Photo by Dominic Alves.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a second round of public consultation on selected aspects of a proposed scheme that aims to address traffic and parking issues in the Coniston Road area of Patchway.

The proposed measures have come out of a review of the “remaining traffic issues” in the Patchway area, following SGC’s decision, last October, to keep Highwood Road permanently closed to general traffic.

According to the council, the proposed scheme is targeted at “improving vehicular access (particularly for buses) and improving road safety at junctions”.

The proposed measures include:

  • Extension of the existing 20 mph zone
  • Implementation of new speed tables
  • Amendments to the limited stay parking provision in Rodway Road
  • Additional waiting restrictions to support bus routes and improve
    access and safety

The proposals have been discussed by local councillors, Patchway Town Council, presented at a public exhibition arranged by the town council, as well as being the subject of a five-week public consultation carried out in September and October 2014.

In response to the first public consultation, a number of possible amendments to the waiting restrictions have now been proposed for Bradley Road, Durban Road, Cranbourne Road, Lower Thirlmere Road, Thirlmere Road and parts of Coniston Road and Rodway Road. It is these amendments that are now the subject of a second round of public consultation.

Drawings showing the proposals are available on a dedicated consultation page on the SGC website. They can also be viewed at Patchway Town Council’s offices or at Patchway Library during normal opening hours. The closing date for comments is Friday 12th December 2014.

Depending on the results of the second public consultation and public advertisement of the required Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), the council anticipates that the proposed scheme will be implemented during the next financial year (2015/2016).

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Filton Airfield development plans submitted

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014 at 9:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Airfield redevelopment: Aerial view.

A press release from the potential developers of the site.

Following nearly a year of consultation with local people, BAE Systems and Alder King have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of Filton Airfield. Developing the site would create around 9,000 jobs and vital new community facilities serving the wider community.

It would bring two new primary schools, a new secondary school, a community and health centre and a wide range of new homes. This application comes shortly after the Bristol Aero Collection Trust submitted its plans for two new museums on the site, to celebrate Filton’s aero engineering heritage.

Lloyd Burnell from the Bristol Aero Collection Trust said:

“We are very happy that the new Bristol Aerospace Centre is part of this site. With the newly planned schools and communities, the museum will help local people become inspired by Filton’s past and present engineering excellence and achievements in aerospace, including its pride and joy – Concorde.”

“BAE Systems is providing the land for free as well as making a significant contribution to overall project . There has also been a huge amount of support for the museum so we look forward to being able to start building next year.”

John Benson from Alder King said:

“During our consultation, people told us what was most important to them – heritage, jobs, transport and community facilities. 95% agreed with the plans to celebrate heritage, not only through the new museums but also through naming the site, roads and buildings after famous people and planes from the past. We will continue to work with local groups to do this and will call the employment area ‘Concorde Park’ in line with the public vote.”

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