Commuters face further MetroBus works
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
FURTHER traffic jams and delays are expected this month as work continues on preparation for the new MetroBus service.
The Avon Ring Road will be shut in both directions between Bromley Heath and Wick Wick from 8am to 8pm on July 3.
This follows the weekend closure last month for the installation of a steel footbridge to replace the concrete one removed last year. The new equestrian and pedestrian Church Lane bridge has a longer, 58-metre span, which is needed the ring road is being widened to accommodate a bus lane without taking away space from other road users.
Meanwhile, the one-way closure of Stoke Lane to northbound traffic began on June 27 and was expected to increase congestion on the A4174 and surrounding roads. This restriction was delayed twice following protests from residents that the impact had not been properly thought through. It is now likely to be for six months rather than the original 12, to complete the bus lane on Stoke Lane which forms a vital part of the MetroBus link to UWE Bristol.
Last month also saw the first closure of the M32 in its 50-year history. It was shut for a weekend to allow contractors to put into place a bridge over the motorway. The bridge will form part of the bus-only link at the Hambrook junction.
Installation was completed successfully and on schedule, with traffic delays kept to a minimum.
MetroBus is a coordinated package of bus lanes and infrastructure that will enable services to be more rapid and reliable. It is claimed some journeys will be up to 30 minutes quicker than existing bus routes.