Friday, 19 May 2017

Railway modernisation - Great Western main line

GWR have told us that work to widen the platforms at Bath Spa has now been successfully completed and Network Rail have moved on to work on the track around Swindon and Chippenham.  This will affect rail services through Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Chippenham and Bristol Parkway over the late May bank holiday (27-29 May) and the weekend of 10 and 11 June.  Full details of the revised arrangements are on their dedicated web page www.gwr.com/Swindon2017

There will then be further work at Chippenham from Saturday 8 July through to Sunday 16 July.  Services between London and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and there will be a reduced service for Swindon and Bath Spa during this period.  More details are on www.gwr.com/Chippenham2017 where they also set out arrangements for weekend replacement services to Westbury and Melksham.

There will be additional staff at stations to help customers and they are using both traditional and social media, as well as information at stations and at ticket sales points, to highlight the changes. 

GWR say: "We want the electrification upgrade to be as painless as possible, of course we recognise that any timetables changes, however temporary, cause some inconvenience, but these works will allow us to put brand new ten car trains on this route in 2017, and the work has to be completed while we continue to run services"

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Vehicles vandalised in Frampton and Coalpit Heath

Between Friday 5th May and Friday 12th May,  the Frampton Cotterell police beat has received 19  reported cases of criminal damage to vehicles - tyres being slashed overnight  using a small bladed article, perhaps a Stanley knife.

Damage has been caused in the following areas.
  • Beesmoor Road- Frampton Cotterell
  • Station Road - Coalpit Heath
  • Lower Chapel Lane -  Frampton Cotterell
  • Meadow View - Frampton Cotterell
  • The Close - Coalpit Heath
  • Brookside Drive - Frampton Cotterell
  • Rectory Road- Frampton Cotterell
  • Watermore Close- Frampton Cotterell
The total damage is now more than £2000. There were previous incidents of criminal damage in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath in March.

10 vehicles had either their windows smashed, side mirrors hit off or their tyres slashed. This damage has had not only a financial impact on the victims but also emotional, causing one elderly victim to suffer a fall, because she was unable to use her vehicle. 

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any more information regarding these incidents to contact the police or report anonymousely via Crimestoppers. If you have been a victim of criminal damage too please report it via 101. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

More of B4465 Westerleigh Rd to close for resurfacing

There are going to be road works on another length of the B4465 Westerleigh Road from just west of Codrington to just east of Springs Farm.

The usual alarming notice says that the closure "will be operative from the 3 July 2017 for a maximum period of eighteen months. The closure however may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only when signs are in position and only for so long as is necessitated by the works which are anticipated to be of 1 WEEK duration."

So one week in the next eighteen months - once again, if the warning signs are up, the road is closed; if they're not, it's still open.

The official diversion is incredibly long - via Emersons green, Coalpit Heath, Yate, Chipping Sodbury and the A46 - but that's really for heavy vehicles. Local people will doubtless know the short way round!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Many young people not registered to vote - but there's still time

Young people aged 17 or 18 are being urged to register to vote in time for the General Election on 8th June.

New figures just released by the Electoral Reform Society show that the proportion of school leavers on the electoral roll dropped by over a quarter between 2013 and 2016 – with most of these missing voters now eligible to vote in this election. Shockingly, in one parliamentary constituency 75% of young people are not on the voting register. This follows the change from registration by household, to each voter having to register individually.

Claire Young, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Thornbury and Yate parliamentary consituency, said:

"This election is about the type of country we want to live in, a chance to change Britain's future. Young people will be living with the results for many years to come. It's vital that they get a say in that future"

"Whatever your age, if you haven't already registered, you need to do so before 11:59pm on 22 May if you want to be able to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You can do it online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - you may need to have your National Insurance number at hand to prove who you are"

Friday, 12 May 2017

Ram Hill temporary closure coming up

South Glos have published a legal notice that they intend to close a short section of Ram Hill 160 metres south of Broad Lane for drainage works for around a week, some time after 29 May. It could be any time between then and November next year - just watch for the notices when they're going to do it.

They advise an alternative route from Ram Hill via Serridge Lane and Henfield Road, then back onto Ram Hill.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Nibley Lane Iron Acton to be closed for cleaning Wed 31 May

South Glos have told us that the length of Nibley Lane from Holly Hill to Badminton Road will be closed for cleaning shortly. The notice says some time between 31 May and 4 June, but they anticipate it being 9.30am–2.30pm on Wed 31st.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

It's Rogue Trader Week!

The police are asking all Neighbourhood Watches (and observant locals) to help them. They are asking that you give them information on anyone currently working in your neighbourhood, especially anyone doing driveways, roof repairs and garden work.

Whilst the vast majority of workmen are legitimate they are targeting those whose intention is to provide a poor service at an inflated cost, and who are looking for the potential to steal cash and valuables. Please give them any details you can provide of those working in your area, especially descriptions and registration numbers of vehicles and the people driving them.