Work to implement a scheme to ban traffic turning left off the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue and improve the layout of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction got underway this week.
The scheme is intended to improve road safety on Shellmor Avenue by reducing the volume of traffic using the road as a “cut through”.
The go ahead for the work was finally given at September’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, despite 39 objections being received during the legal advertisement phase (76 respondents were in favour).
Many of the objectors raised concerns about the possible impact the closure would have on traffic levels in Stoke Lane and Patchway Town Councillors are understood to have since met with SGC Highway Engineers to discuss these.
Stage 1 of the Shellmor Avenue work started on Monday (26th November) and has involved temporarily closing the road between Shellmor Close and the junction with Stoke Lane, to enable the junction widening works to be carried out. This has necessitated the introduction of a lengthy diversionary route, via the Aztec West Roundabout, for traffic wishing to access Shellmor Avenue and the roads leading off it.
Stage 2 of the work, to close the left turn off Gloucester Road, is due to begin on Monday (3rd December, not 2nd December as shown on the sign).
The Council has estimated the cost of implementing the left turn ban at £15,000, which does not include earlier investigation work. The additional £10,000 cost of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction improvement work was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in March.
More info: Consultation and traffic management measures (SGC)