Work has started on the construction of a new bus lane in Great Stoke Way, Stoke Gifford, as part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN).
South Gloucestershire Council is to widen Great Stoke Way to allow for the extra lane but the number of lanes for general traffic will not be reduced.
An additional left turn lane will also be created for general traffic on the south bound approach to the Abbey Wood roundabout and the pedestrian crossing near the roundabout is being relocated closer to the new bus stop, just outside Sainsburys, to improve pedestrian access.
It is estimated that the work will be completed in September and will be phased to avoid busy traffic periods, but some delays may be experienced.
These improvements to corridor 4 of the GBBN scheme will benefit the number 73 bus service from Cribbs Causeway to Bristol City Centre via Bradley Stoke. It will also benefit the following services:
- 312 Thornbury to Bristol Parkway and Fishponds
- 318/9 Cribbs Causeway to Keynsham and Bath
- 517/8 Emersons Green to Avonmouth and Shirehampton
- 581 Hanham to Chipping Sodbury
- 625 Severn Beach to the University of the West of England, Frenchay campus.
Taxis, cyclist and motorcyclists will also be allowed to use the lane.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transport and the strategic environment, said: “The addition of a new bus lane on Great Stoke Way will improve reliability and journey times for bus users and the provision of an additional lane at the Abbey Wood roundabout will add capacity for all road users.
“This work complements the proposed improvements to the nearby M32/ring road junction and demonstrates the council’s commitment to continued investment in South Gloucestershire’s highway infrastructure which will help traffic flow better and reduce delays for public transport and all other road users.”
The scheme is part of the £70 million GBBN investment, part funded by the Department for Transport, to develop 10 showcase bus corridors across the region.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council