Work has begun on transforming what was formerly one of South Gloucestershire’s busiest roads into a unique green open space.
Highwood Road in Patchway was formerly a major route to The Mall and Cribbs Causeway, but traffic now uses the recently opened Hayes Way bypass.
Now the road will be converted into a ‘linear park’ which will incorporate a dedicated public transport route and a significant increase in green space with trees and park benches. The route will no longer be accessible to general traffic.
The work is being carried out as part of the neighbouring Charlton Hayes development, and is being funded entirely by the developer Bovis Homes.
Cllr Brian Allinson, South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) executive member for Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment said:
“The construction of this green space and bespoke bus road is important to provide the new community of Charlton Hayes with safe pedestrian and cycling links as well as access to the amenities of Patchway.”
“The creation of a new open space will also serve the community of Patchway well, offering more green areas and a connection to their new neighbours.”
Existing bus stops will be maintained as close as possible to their current position. Buses using the road will be required to adhere to a 20mph limit through the park.
The majority of work will take place after Christmas, but preparatory work got underway yesterday (Wednesday 30th August).
- Planning application for Highwood Road linear park (SGC)
- Map of the Highwood Road linear park [MS Word, 491kB]