Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bank Holiday rail disruption

Network Rail is carrying out further work in South Wales and the South West this August Bank Holiday weekend, to install new signalling as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work will take place from 27th to 29th August and will require a temporary closure of the lines in both directions between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, Newport, Bristol Temple Meads, Gloucester and Severn Beach. Trains will be diverted and in some cases replaced by buses. More information is available here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

LED lights coming to Church Road

The concrete lighting columns in Church Road are due for replacement. In addition to this their overhead cables and locations do not meet current design standards. This means Council Officers have decided to take the opportunity of redesigning the layout and converting the lights to LED ahead of the rest of Frampton Cotterell which is scheduled for 2018. LED lights are the energy efficient more focused lights, already installed along Badminton Road. Officers have calculated that there will be a 76% reduction in energy use and therefore cost.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Safety on the roads around the Manor School

Last year South Glos carried out an informal consultation on introducing a 20mph limit on the residential roads to the east of Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath.

Based on the results of that consultation, officers decided to go ahead with the formal advertisement. That was supposed to happen in May but it was delayed and will now run from 29th August to 22nd September.

The formal advertisement of the waiting restrictions around the school, which is a separate piece of work, has been delayed by the departure of the official dealing with it. We'll let you know when it's time to have your say.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Yate Spur cycle path update

Work on the section of the cycle path between Nibley Lane and the Shire Way railway viaduct (pictured left) was completed earlier this summer.

In recent weeks, it’s been confirmed that South Glos has secured £400,000 for further work this financial year.

In September the council will be starting a consultation on a pedestrian refuge at the Nibley Lane junction, the path under the viaduct and the Shire Way section. The council is also working towards securing land for the Westerleigh Road to Broad Lane section.

While it’s good to see further progress being made, more funding will be needed in future years for the construction of the path between Dodmoor Crossing and Nibley Lane. This is arguably one of the parts of the route that will bring the biggest safety improvements.


We need to keep up the pressure to make sure this important cycle route is completed. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign our petition at tinyurl.com/cyclelink

Thursday, 18 August 2016

20mph for Ram Hill feasible

We reported in May that South Glos would be carrying out traffic monitoring in Ram Hill as part of an investigation into a possible 20mph limit.

Highways officials have now analysed the data from that traffic monitoring and have concluded it would be feasible to go ahead with a 20mph speed limit without further traffic calming measures. The proposal will now go on a list of possible traffic schemes to be implemented when funding is available.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Resurfacing works on ring road

The council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the A4174 at Hambrook traffic lights/ Bristol Road junction and between the Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts from Friday 19 August to Friday 9 September as part of the Challenge Fund – road improvement project.

These roadworks will require the following closures:
  1. Full closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm on Friday 19 August to 6am on Monday 22 August and from Friday 2 September to 6am on Monday 5 September.
  2. Full overnight closure of the eastbound carriageway between Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts between 8pm - 6am from 22 August to 1 September and from 7 to 9 September. This road will be fully open during the day and at weekends.
  3. Full overnight closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm to 6am on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September. This road will be fully open during the day.
The work has been scheduled to take place when traffic flow is low, before the school and university terms start and avoiding the Bank Holiday. For further information on the project and diversion routes please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/challengefund If you have any queries email challengefund@southglos.gov.uk or call 01454 868000.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Nibley council offices - car park extension

Earlier this year, we reported that the Conservatives were considering closing the Kingswood Civic Centre and extending Badminton Road to accommodate a council chamber and extra staff.

They are now proposing to keep the council chamber at Kingswood but move the staff to Nibley, which still requires the car park to be extended. Your Focus Team requested and received plans that demonstrate this will still leave room for the planned Park and Ride.