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« on: February 14, 2019, 08:51:27 am »

Bristol City Council is planning to make changes to the A4018 - the main road into Bristol from Cribbs Causeway, which passes Westbury-on-Trym and crosses The Downs.

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Over the next few years, a large new development of housing, business, and retail will be built on the former Filton Airfield site. Both local residents and many of the people living and working in the new development will need to travel into and through Bristol on the A4018.

Our traffic modelling has shown that the road will need improvements to tackle the increase in demand and to keep the A4018 flowing to support local residents and businesses. We believe that the best way to do this is a major investment in public transport.

These changes, which together with the consultation documents you can see here, are about prioritising buses and cycling. They include the removal of Crow Lane roundabout, adding a number of turn restrictions, and changes to the one-way system in Westbury Village. I think it is fair to say that not all motorists using this route are happy about this.

Consultation closes 10th March 2019!
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 10:30:49 am »

Judging from the temperature of the Bristly Post, what's raised the most ire at least among some local councillors are the changes within Westbury itself. I guess people value their own ability to drive through their area more than they dislike the through traffic. Then again, councillors might be reflecting local opinion or might be trying to lead it; or might just be misjudging it! I don't know...
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2019, 11:38:31 am »

We have an elderly relative at Westbury Fields retirement village. I think it will still be possible to visit them by car, but it looks like our new route will involve a detour along Greystoke Ave, Concorde Drive and Charlton Road because the right turn from Passage Road into Charlton Road will become 'buses only'. I am generally positive about re-balancing road capacity away from private motorists, but many people may view this scheme unfavourably as they scratch their heads trying to work out how on earth they can get where they need to go; in many cases they may conclude that they need to use a longer route along arguably less-suitable back roads.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2019, 11:42:58 am »

The Bristly Life has a fairly useful-ish video which perhaps explains some of the changes more clearly than the official diagram. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/exactly-how-new-route-m5-2558392
Two thing I note are that no mention is made of the proposed Greystoke Lane traffic lights incorporating a pedestrian crossing; presumably there will be some crossing facility, but on all arms? And what type and what timings? And that the War Memorial roundabout in WoT really is, like so many of its type, a waste of a monument.
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2019, 10:41:13 pm »

The FAQs (they're not, really, are they; no one's really asked them) that you can find by following the link from the OP state that there will be pedestrian crossings here.
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