Fresh proposals for a major transport scheme for north Bristol have been unveiled in a bid to make journeys easier for residents and commuters.
In response to feedback from the consultation on the A4018 scheme, which connects the city centre to the M5 at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol City Council is now recommending:
- Developing a new community-led design to improve vehicle, cycle and pedestrian movements through Westbury-on-Trym and the surrounding junctions on Falcondale Road. This means the initial proposals for the village will not be progressed
- Significantly reducing banned turns and restrictions for traffic along the A4018. Only one junction at Downs Road and Westbury Road is recommended for restricted movements at this stage. At this junction new signals are proposed to improve safety, particularly for children travelling to and from nearby schools
- Introducing peak time bus lanes instead of the previous 24-hour proposal. The exception would be the new planned bus lane between Charlton Road and Greystoke Avenue as this would not affect existing traffic capacity.
The changes will be discussed at Bristol City Council’s Cabinet on 18 June 2019 when a decision is due to be made on whether to progress the revised scheme.
I’m grateful to everyone who engaged with the public consultation; the recommended scheme has been revised and shaped by the feedback we received. I want to make sure any changes on the A4018 and Westbury-on-Trym support local residents and businesses in their everyday activities, which is why I’m recommending the proposals for Westbury Village are redesigned in partnership with the local community, MP and ward councillors.
The bus lanes remain part of the scheme but with revised operating hours. Bus prioritisation is a crucial element in our vision for Bristol to be carbon neutral by helping us to double bus journeys. This recommended scheme would help provide reliable, accessible and sustainable transport options for all who would like to use them.Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport
A summary of the initial A4018 consultation, which ran from 4 February until 17 March earlier this year, can be found online at the Bristol City Council Consultation Hub. The full report will be released with papers in advance of June Cabinet.