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Council consults on second phase of Filton Roundabout work

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2013 at 10:24 am by SH (Editor)

Plan of proposed works at Filton Roundabout (phase 2).South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is running a public consultation on a proposed second phase of improvements to the A4174 Avon Ring Road, near Filton Roundabout.

Phase one of the work, involving a widening of the westbound carriageway on its approach to the roundabout, is due to begin on 10th June 2013. This package of work is funded by financial contributions associated with the redeveloped Southmead Hospital, which is due to open in early 2014.

However, SGC predicts that the roundabout will still be “heavily congested” once the phase one works are complete and has now revealed that it has secured funding for further improvements from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The proposed phase two work (on the A4174 east of the roundabout) includes:

  • Widening the road into the northern footway
  • Moving the eastbound lanes and central reserve over to create additional road space for the extended westbound approach lane
  • The westbound approach lane will be increased in length from 17 metres to 41 metres

The council say sit is necessary to complete the work in separate phases because a condition of the funding for the phase one scheme is that works to address the additional hospital traffic are completed before the redeveloped hospital opens in 2014.

Consultation on the phase two proposals runs until Monday 17th June.

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South Glos Council backs down on Elm Park “land grab” plan

Posted on Friday 5th October 2012 at 9:49 am by SH (Editor)

Avon Ring Road (A4174), east of Filton Roundabout.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) appears to have abandoned plans to “grab” a slice of Filton’s Elm Park for a road widening scheme that is intended to mitigate the effect of increased traffic resulting from the redevelopment of Southmead Hospital.

The back down is revealed in drawings published as part of a public consultation on revised plans for the scheme that will see the number of traffic lanes on the A4174 increased from two to three on the westbound approach to Filton Roundabout.

Mark Shearman, Principal Engineer in SGC’s Transport Services department, wrote to Filton Town Council in February asking if it would be prepared to “contribute” a 317sqm strip of of land from the edge of Elm Park.

Town Councillors discussed the request at their meeting on 28th February where they decided to reject the approach, asking instead that SGC send a representative to address a future meeting.

Mr Shearman subsequently attended the April Council meeting, where he insisted the scheme could no go ahead unless the Town Council released the land, adding that SGC might be prepared to consider buying the land or doing a “land swap” deal.

The Town Council later wrote a strongly worded letter to SGC, describing the proposals as “ill-conceived, insulting and laughable”.

New drawings published on SGC’s website on 1st October show a revised scheme that no longer requires any land to be taken from Elm Park. Although the new scheme still creates an extra traffic lane, it is less than half as long as originally planned, with some extra space being created by reducing the width of the central reservation.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the new proposals would be implemented in the 2013/2014 financial year, says SGC.

The consultation runs until Monday 29th October 2012.

Ring Road set to be widened near Filton Roundabout

Posted on Tuesday 28th February 2012 at 9:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon Ring Road (A4174), east of Filton Roundabout

An extra lane could be added to the A4174 Avon Ring Road on its westbound approach to Filton Roundabout if plans being drawn up by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) come to fruition.

Outline details of the proposed scheme are revealed in a letter from an SGC Transport Engineer to Filton Town Council, published as part of the agenda pack for tonight’s Full Council meeting.

In the letter, Principal Engineer Mark Shearman writes:

“The scheme provides us with an opportunity to address congestion on the Ring Road approach to Filton Roundabout, upgrade the traffic signals to a more efficient system and improve facilities for cyclists.”

A drawing attached to letter shows a new “third” traffic lane on land that was previously occupied by ramps of the recently-demolished pedestrian bridge over the Ring Road near Brewer’s Fayre.

SGC has asked Filton Town Council if it would be prepared to “contribute” a strip of land that is currently in its ownership but would be required to form a new footway.

Mr Shearman concedes that “valuable trees and hedge[s]” would need to be sacrificed but says that the impact on the local environment would be minimised by “providing replacement landscaping planting.”

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