Be prepared for closures on ring road
Published on: 03 Dec 2015
ALLOW extra time for your journeys – that’s the advice for drivers in the Downend area who are likely to find road works ahead.
Disruption can be expected from time to time over the next year or more as preparations continue for the new Metrobus service that will eventually run from Emersons Green through the city centre to the south side of Bristol.
Parts of the A4174 Avon Ring Road will be widened to create bus lanes for the new express services, which will run on a combination of segregated busways and bus lanes, intended to provide journeys that are quicker, more reliable and greener than existing services.
Some motorists were alarmed to see a public notice seeking temporary closure of the ring road between the Wick Wick and Bromley Heath roundabouts over 18 months.
But MetroBus spokesman Gary Cockram said: “The road will only be closed on a number of short occasions over this period. The 18-month order is intended to provide flexibility about when the closures take place, as the work is weather dependant and cannot take place in the event of high winds.”
The first planned closures are:
One day closure: From 6am to 6pm on Sunday December 6 to divert BT cables
One weekend closure: From 8pm Friday December 11 to 6am Monday December 14 to demolish the Church Lane bridge.
A weekend closure is planned around Easter 2016 to install a new Church Lane bridge and one-day closure next year to divert utilities.
During the closures, the recommended diversion route for ring road traffic will be via Bromley Heath Road and Badminton Road.
Mr Cockeram said: “We will work to ensure that disruption is minimised as much as possible during these construction works. More information about MetroBus construction works can be found online at www.metrobusbuild.info.”
The work between the two roundabouts is under way and has involved some lane closures between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The intention is that the works westbound between the M32 Junction 1 and the Hambrook lights will be completed by Christmas.
Residents in Westerleigh Road, Downend, also had to endure four nights of noisy road works to replace the road surface.
As the Voice went to press, South Gloucestershire Council said this work was due for completion.