Park and ride to open early for ring road works

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

THE park and ride at Lyde Green is set to open earlier than planned to help ease the predicted chaos on the Avon Ring Road over the coming year.

The car park, which is officially known as a multi modal interchange and is intended to become a transport hub, will open before the work on repairing the Bromley Heath viaduct starts in July.

Talks are taking place with bus companies about possible additional services for commuters.

The site also has extensive cycle parking facilities and officials hope some people will also pedal and ride.

South Gloucestershire Council is still hoping its pleas to the Department for Transport and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership will come up with the extra £3.7 million needed to cut the time the works take to complete from a year to six months - but unless this sum is found by April 1, the
£5.9 million project will go ahead on a 52-week contract.

The repairs, which are essential to make the 1960s southern viaduct fit for the future, will mean four lanes of cars being reduced to two. 

The council's head of transport Mark King and his team say they are expecting delays of up to two hours at rush hour. They are working with large employers on proposals for staggered start times and home working to ease the pressure on the road network.

They are looking at a range of options for reducing the impact on people living nearby, especially in Bromley Heath. These look likely to include shutting Quakers Road to through traffic. A proposal for restrictions on Cleeve  Wood Road probably will not go ahead, but the team will monitor the situation and make changes where it can to address problems, Mr King has pledged.

Traffic on the motorway network will be encouraged away from the area and signs will direct drivers from Kingswood to use the A420 to Tormarton.

A series of public meetings is taking place to make people aware of what is happening; the last of these was due to be held at Downend Library from 10am to noon on Saturday March 25. More will be held in May. Information is also available on the Bromley Heath Viaduct page on the council's website.

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