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£8m invested in road and cycle route improvements

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Published: 03/02/2014

The package of eight major schemes will help to tackle traffic congestion and increase the capacity and quality of the local road network and sustainable travel options such as cycle and pedestrian routes, ahead of the development of the planned Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood during the coming decade.

As part of the work, key junctions on the A38 and A4174 will be widened and improvements will be made to the local road network at the M5 Junctions 16 and 17 with funding from the Government’s ‘Pinch Point’ road improvements programme.

Two cycle and pedestrian crossings on the A4174 – at Hambrook and the M32 Junction 1 – will also be substantially improved, to increase safety and help promote sustainable travel in the North Fringe area. This work is being funded from the Government’s Cycle Ambition Fund following a successful funding bid by the council last year.

The road bridge on Church Road in Frampton Cotterell will also be replaced between March and October 2014 as part of planned maintenance works. Diversions will be in place during this time.

Government support for the schemes requires that the works be completed by March 2015 and for this reason some projects will run simultaneously during the works period. However the schemes have been scheduled to minimise travel disruption where possible and road users are being encouraged to plan ahead to avoid delays, including considering alternative routes or other modes of transport where possible.

Up-to-date information on the schemes including details of consultations on individual projects and links to travel planning advice are available on the council’s website at

Updates will also be posted on the council’s Twitter account @sgloscouncil

Scheme details

Two schemes will be delivered on the A4174 Link Road as part of the Cycle Ambition project aimed at improving cycling safety and encouraging people to cycle and travel more sustainably.

– Hambrook: A £1.3m scheme to improve pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities at the A4174 Hambrook Junction. Construction April-September 2014. Major resurfacing of the Bristol Road on the Frenchay side of the Ring Road will be incorporated into the construction programme of this project

– M32 Junction 1: A £0.4m scheme to install a pedestrian/cycle crossing facility across the southbound entry slip of the M32 Junction 1. Construction September-November 2014

Three schemes will be delivered on the A38 and A4174 to help minimise the impacts of the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood development and ensure that sufficient road capacity is available in advance of the development.

– Gipsy Patch Lane, Patchway: A £0.9m scheme to extend the two-lane westbound approach to the A38. Construction April-May 2014

– A4174, Filton Roundabout: A £0.8m scheme to extend the three-lane westbound approach to Filton Roundabout. Construction May-September 2014

– A38 Gloucester Road North: A £2m scheme to extend the two-lane northbound approach to Filton Roundabout by widening the carriageway on the east side. Construction October 2014-February 2015

Two schemes will be delivered to address capacity issues on the local road network at the M5 Junction 16 and 17, following a successful bid for funding through the Department for Transport’s Pinch Point programme. A total of £3m will be invested via a joint programme of works with the Highways Agency to improve traffic flow issues and provide additional capacity for the future.

Works will also be carried out to replace the road bridge on Church Road in Frampton Cotterell in a £250,000 scheme taking place between March and October 2014.

Carriageway resurfacing will also be carried out on Filton Avenue to replace the existing failed carriageway surface as part of the 2014/15 highway maintenance programme. Construction will take place over a two-week period in Autumn 2014, with the exact date to be confirmed.

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