£27m given to link road scheme
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 February 2015
VILLAGERS in North Somerset are celebrating after funding was granted for the long-awaited South Bristol Link Road which should take heavy traffic away from their streets.
The Government has awarded a £27million grant to the scheme which runs between the A370 at Long Ashton and the A38 at Hengrove Park, connecting to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads Metro Bus section already under construction.
It is hoped the new road will greatly reduce traffic in North Somerset’s villages, lead to more employment opportunities in South Bristol and give a huge boost to the local economy.
Geoff Coombs, North Somerset councillor for Backwell and Barrow Gurney, said: “It’s extremely good news for the communities of Backwell, Barrow Gurney and Flax Bourton.
“It will also help Brockley as it will take the pressure off side roads right the way through the patch.
“I started campaigning for a Barrow Gurney bypass in the 1990s and this goes along way towards that and I’m optimistic it will take a very substantial amount of traffic out of Barrow Gurney.
“South Bristol has been very poorly served up until now and there’s a great need for employment there so I’m optimistic it will generate a lot of employment opportunities in that area and lift the local economy.”
The scheme will provide another 3.1 miles of bus-ways in the south of Bristol to encourage people to use public transport and cut congestion.
News of the scheme’s financial backing is a huge relief to people in Barrow Gurney who are desperate to see their village restored to its former glory.
There are currently no pavements in some parts of the centre so accessing facilities on foot is a risky business due to the high volume of traffic.
The scheme is expected to halve the amount of traffic travelling through the parish and councillors are now planning to build a footpath right through the village and put up signs to direct cars to the link road.
Barrow Gurney Parish Council chairman Eric Gates said: “We are absolutely delighted. We’ve worked in support of it and this is the final approval the scheme needs.
“We’ve had some discussions with North Somerset about how walkways might be structured and we’re hoping to have a public consultation before Easter.”
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