Work to widen the roundabout where junction 1 of the M32 meets the A4174 Ring Road has been completed as part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network scheme.
The roundabout layout between the A4174 and the M32 has been altered to provide an additional lane for all vehicles in order to reduce congestion and speed up the flow of traffic. This means that there are now four lanes for general traffic all the way around the roundabout. The work has been carried out as part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network, a scheme to improve bus services throughout the Bristol area. As the additional lane added is for the use of all vehicles, the improvements will not only benefit the buses along the route but also general motorists.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment, said: “This is a heavily congested area for all road users so these new measures will benefit everyone by adding additional highway capacity at this busy junction. The Greater Bristol Bus Network is not only about improving the local bus network but it is also aimed at improving the traffic flow for all vehicles.”
Justin Davies, managing director of First Bristol, Somerset & Avon, said: “We welcome these new measures as they help ensure that bus services keep to time, reducing the effect of peak hour traffic congestion on services. These steps, along with the bus priority measures already in place, and the £22.5m investment in new vehicles ultimately mean that people in Bristol and the surrounding areas can access better, faster and more comfortable bus services, and that’s better for everyone.”
The scheme is part of the £70million investment in the Greater Bristol Bus Network, part funded by the Department for Transport, to develop 10 showcase bus corridors across the region.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council