Work starts on South Bristol Link Road
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 May 2015
Work on the South Bristol Link Road has now begun but it is expected to cause delays for thousands of commuters who use the route each day.
Narrow lanes have been introduced along the Long Ashton bypass (A370) to make room for contractors working at the side of the road.
The workforce is currently building new lanes off the A370 which will form part of the roundabout for the South Bristol Link.
The narrow lanes could stay in place until October 2016 to allow the work to be completed.
The road’s 60mph limit has been reduced to 40mph from the park and ride to Yanley Viaduct and down to 30mph in some places.
Civil engineering and construction firm Griffiths has been appointed the main contractor for the South Bristol link project.
A Griffiths spokesman said: “We have established site offices along the route of the new road, installed security equipment and have security teams patrolling the site boundary.
“The public right of way at Longmoor Brook has been diverted to accommodate the new road, however, walkers will still have full access to all green spaces in the area.”
The South Bristol Link Road will run between the A370 at Long Ashton and the A38 at Hengrove Park, connecting to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus section which is already under construction.
The Government awarded a £27million grant to the scheme and 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 the local economy a huge boost.
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.
It is also welcome news for North Somerset’s villages including Backwell, Barrow Gurney, Flax Bourton and Brockley who are expecting a huge decrease in traffic.
There are currently no pavements in some parts of Barrow Gurney so accessing facilities on foot can prove dangerous due to the high volume of traffic.
Village leaders are planning to build a footpath through the parish once the link road has been built, to encourage people to enjoy walking through the village again.
They will also be putting up signs to direct cars to the link road.