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Highway drainage improvement works

In 2017 we were successful in applying for £3.35million of government funding, under the Challenge Fund scheme, to make major improvements to drainage systems at nine sites in South Gloucestershire and one site in Bristol.

The grant will pay for a package of measures to address long-standing flooding problems at each of the sites and will include the replacement and upgrading of ineffective drainage systems. The works will mean the sites, generally on classified roads, will be able to cope with extreme weather. They will reduce the need for reactive maintenance works and ultimately result in a cost saving for the council.

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The bid is in conjunction with our neighbouring authority Bristol City Council and includes the following sites:

A431 (Bath Road) Swineford
Church Road & Chapel Road & Camp Road Oldbury on Severn
Oldbury Lane Thornbury
Beckspool Road Frenchay
Abson Road Wick
A4175 Cherry Gardens Road Bitton
B4058 (High Street) Winterbourne
A420 (High Street) Wick
B4058 Bagstone, Rangeworthy
Scotland Lane Stockwood, Bristol

When will the works be carried out?

Surveys of each site are now complete and the results are currently being assessed. Once all the results have been assessed, we will begin detailed designs of the new drainage systems.

Once detailed designs are complete then works will begin on site. It is anticipated that site works will commence in spring 2018.

Works at each site will be carried out consecutively to minimise the impact on road users. Consideration has been given to other roadworks being carried out in the area.

Impact of the works

The impact on road users, local residents, businesses and the community will vary from site to site, depending on the scale of the works required and the location.

Some works will be carried out under temporary traffic lights, others will involve road closures. This will be communicated to each community and the wider public prior to any works starting on site.

We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of these works on the roads and our residents, however, there will be some inevitable disruption. We apologise in advance of the works as we work to improve our flood defences and protect our communities.


If you would like further information or to speak to someone from the project team please email  or call 01454 868000.

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