Roundabout work due to start soon
PLANS for major improvements to Wraxall Road roundabout on the Avon Ring Road have been given the green light by residents.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has added his backing to the 60 percent of local people who voiced support for the £6.9 million ‘through-about’ scheme, which has now received full approval by Mayor Tim Bowles from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
The roundabout, which is near the end of Tower Lane in the south-east of Kingswood and north-west of Cadbury Heath, is the last ring road roundabout in South Gloucestershire to receive major investment.
It experiences traffic queues during the busiest hours on weekdays, and queuing not only causes delays to traffic on the A4174 but also to vehicles entering the roundabout using Tower Lane and Wraxall Road. Bus services are also affected, and these delays are expected to increase as traffic levels grow.
WECA had previously awarded £1.7 million to develop the scheme and it has now agreed the final £5.2 million, with South Gloucestershire Council funding the £97,000 increase in costs that have occurred since the design stage.
As part of the plans, extra lanes and traffic lights will be added to the roundabout to improve capacity at pinch-points. WECA says this is essential for the West of England’s infrastructure to meet future housing and economic growth.
Construction work on the junction is expected to start on August 1 2020 and is due for completion 12 months later.