Many months of misery on ring road

November 08 2016

THE overnight road works on the A4174 between Hanham and Keynsham might have finished – but ring road commuters going in the other direction can expect disruption to their journeys for many months to come.

THE overnight road works on the A4174 between Hanham and Keynsham might have finished – but ring road commuters going in the other direction can expect disruption to their journeys for many months to come.

The road surface is being replaced and structural repairs are under way  in an attempt to add 20 years to the life of the road, which is carrying increasing amounts of traffic.

South Gloucestershire Council has received £15.5 million from the Government's Challenge Fund for the work, which also includes improvements to cycle paths, lighting and footpaths.

The night-time closures this month are at the Bromley Heath roundabout, which will be shut westbound from 8pm nightly until November 18 from the Wick Wick roundabout to the Hambrook traffic lights.

Drivers are also being warned that a lengthy programme of works is needed on the Bromley Heath viaduct from March next year, which will include carriageway closures.

A council report says that without the essential maintenance, which includes waterproofing and repairs to the deck and parapets, the viaduct would be at risks of failure within a decade. The Bromley Heath viaduct is the busiest section of the A4174 and carries about 52,000 vehicles a day. This is forecast to rise to 60,000 a day by 2020 because of the thousands of homes being built and job opportunities created.

Commuters are also continuing to be affected by work to prepare for the new MetroBus transport network – three routes across the city aimed at reducing journey times and cutting congestion.

The creation of a MetroBus link to the M32 near junction 1 at Hambrook has meant the closure for several months of Stoke Lane northbound, which affects hundreds of drivers from Hanham and Kingswood trying to get to work or college on Bristol's north fringe.

This has had a massive impact on people living around that area, who are demanding changes. The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has promised to investigate.

The first MetroBus route is due to open next year but the programme is coming under increasing criticism. Its costs have rocketed to £216 million and a commercial operator for the service has not yet been confirmed.