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Drop-in event to give details of “noisy” railway piling work planned for Patchway area

Posted on Monday 29th February 2016 at 8:48 am by SH (Editor)

Network Rail piling carried out as part of its electrification work.

Patchway residents are invited to attend a drop-in event today (Monday 29th February) and learn about the work taking place in their area to prepare the Great Western Main Line for the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains.

The event will take place between 3pm and 7pm at the Aretians Rugby Club, Station Road, Little Stoke BS34 6HW. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on-hand throughout to explain the plans and to answer any questions.

The work forms part of Network Rail’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and will involve the installation of overhead wires along two miles of railway from Patchway station to Cattybrook, including the Patchway tunnels. This overhead equipment is essential to power the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.

The overhead lines will be installed using a process known as ‘piling’, which involves installing foundations in the ground to support the overhead gantries that will contain the electric wires.

Andrew Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said:

“We will do everything we can to limit the disruption to our neighbours. This phase of construction is particularly noisy and that’s why we would like to give those who live close to the railway as much notice as possible.”

“Piling is essential to pave the way for the long-term benefits that electric trains will bring. These benefits include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and cleaner air for those living close to the railway.”

“Everyone is welcome at the drop-in and I’d urge anyone who wants to know more about our modernisation work, or has a question they’d like answered, to come along.”

For safety reasons piling can only take place when trains aren’t running and so tends to occur at night. Due to the disturbance piling can cause, Network Rail is limiting the overnight work in Patchway to Saturday nights between March and October. The exact timings of this work will be published in due course.

Related link: Great Western Electrification Programme (Network Rail)

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Free journey-sharing website launches for Aztec West Business Park

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 12:49 am by SH (Editor)

Ben Luger, marketing communications specialist at  ecosurety, and Verity Heal, Local Sustainable Transport Fund project manager at South Gloucestershire Council.

Drivers exasperated by peak-time congestion at Aztec West can now use a map-based online journey-sharing website to travel more sustainably.

joinmyjourney launches today (Wednesday 25th November) thanks to funding from South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), development from resource efficiency specialist ecosurety, with support from North Bristol SusCom.

The free-to-use site enables commuters travelling by car, bicycle or on foot to find others to share compatible journeys to work, either regularly, or as a one off. It is initially aimed at commuters in the West of England but there are also plans to open it out to educational organisations and business centres nationally. joinmyjourney is launched first for the 8,000 people travelling to Aztec West, with other business locations and employers coming on board in 2016.

Ben Luger, marketing communication specialist at ecosurety, based at Aztec West, who has driven the development of joinmyjourney with co-workers explains, “Every day I would see single drivers sitting in traffic queues, waiting to get into the park. I’d started an off-the-shelf car share scheme for ecosurety employees, but it just didn’t have the scale, was too complex and too limited to make a significant dent in emissions and the number of vehicles.”

Ben was bemoaning the issues to an officer at the LSTF one day and the pair agreed Aztec West needed a bespoke solution, which also appealed to walkers and cyclists. Ben took the idea back to ecosurety, and following further financial support from the LSTF and ecosurety, development started on joinmyjourney.

Benefits include fewer cars on the road, improvements in parking, lower emissions, and helping drivers save money by cutting commuting costs. Others include less stress from sitting in traffic queues, improved confidence from increased outside exercise and the option to share sustainable and safe journeys during the winter.

Users who sign up and start journeys between now and the first week of December are also automatically enrolled into a prize draw for up to £1,000 in shopping vouchers to be presented next month.

The site gives commuters an option to find journey sharers ahead of 12 months of roadworks, scheduled to start in spring 2016, to improve traffic flow, walking and cycling routes around the Aztec West Roundabout on the A38.

More: Apple, Android and Windows app versions coming soon »

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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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