Construction of the MetroBus public transport network is currently underway across the Bristol area, and works in Bedminster have now begun.Construction is being carried out in phases, beginning at the junction of Sheene Road, West Street and East Street. The last phase to begin will be Dalby Avenue in June 2017.

UPDATE 16th January 2017: Improvements to Sheene Road junction have begun

Major improvement works have begun at the junction of Sheene Road, East Street and West Street. The road is being realigned to improve traffic flows, and new pedestrian islands and crossings are being installed. The footway is being widened outside the Albert Lounge and on the section of East Street opposite St John’s Street (next to the Diamond Street car park). Planting of new trees is also proposed where space permits.

To carry out these works it is necessary to temporarily ban the traffic movement from Cannon Street/East Street onto the Sheene Road junction. The restriction will be in place for around 12 weeks. Some nearby roads will see increased traffic levels as a result of diverted traffic.

Sheene Road junction improvements - diversion route

Sheene Road junction improvements plan

West Street: works begin February 2017

The outbound East Street bus stop (outside the Jobcentre on West Street) will be upgraded to become a MetroBus stop.  The footway will be widened in this location, resulting in a reduction in the width of the grass verge. The existing bus stop road markings will be extended back towards the Sheene Road junction, resulting in the loss of some parking spaces.

The outbound Parson Street stop (outside Halfords on West Street) will be upgraded to become a MetroBus stop in the summer. The footway will be widened, resulting in a reduction in the width of the grass verge.

Bedminster Parade: works begin April 2017

The inbound Bedminster Parade bus stop (outside Asda) and the outbound Bedminster Parade bus stop (outside Taunton Leisure) will be upgraded to become MetroBus stops. This will include installing concrete bus pads in the road to reduce future wear and tear on the road surface, together with environmental enhancements such as seating and street trees. The old bus shelters are at the end of their life and will be replaced by new high quality MetroBus style shelters.

The bus stops will be closed for the duration of these works, with temporary stops provided nearby. Pedestrian access to shops will be maintained during opening hours and the contactor will work with businesses to manage deliveries during the works.

The MetroBus plans for Bedminster Parade have been changed from those originally presented. The original plans included proposals to remove the footway outside of the Imperial Arcade and to ban the right turn out of the Asda car park onto Bedminster Parade. Following concerns raised during planning process, these changes are no longer part of the scheme and the footway and right turn will remain as they currently are.

East Street: works begin April 2017

The Cannon Street bus stop (outside Wilko on East Street) will be upgraded to become a MetroBus stop. This will include installing a concrete bus pad in the road to reduce future wear and tear on the road surface and providing a new high quality MetroBus style shelter.

East Street will be closed to vehicles for around six weeks for these works. Inbound buses will be diverted via Dalby Avenue. While East Street is closed for the works, the nearest alternative bus stops will be Victor Street (opposite Tesco Express on West Street) and Bedminster Parade (outside Asda).

The contactor will work with businesses to manage deliveries during the temporary road closure.

Parson Street: works begin May 2017

The inbound Parson Street stop (outside Parson Street railway station) will be will be upgraded to become a MetroBus stop. The bus stop and contraflow bus lane will be temporarily suspended for the duration of the works.

The previously-announced Hartcliffe Way temporary one-way restriction is due to commence in January 2017 and will be in place for approximately 10 months. Light vehicles travelling inbound will travel along Hartcliffe Way as normal, while outbound light vehicles will be diverted along Novers Hill and Novers Lane. Heavy Goods Vehicles travelling in either direction will be diverted via Hengrove Way, Whitchurch Road and Bishopsworth Road. More information can be found at https://travelwest.info/metrobus/metrobus-build.

Dalby Avenue: works begin June 2017

The outbound Dalby Avenue stop (near the car park and underpass) will be upgraded to become a MetroBus stop. The adjacent signalised crossing has come to the end of its life and the opportunity is being taken to replace this at the same time as the bus stop is enhanced.

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