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Funding boost for South Bristol commuter route

Journeys through a busy commuter route between Bristol and Bath are set to become smoother thanks to a £5m highways maintenance grant from government.

The funding, secured through a joint Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council bid, will contribute towards a major highways maintenance scheme covering the A4/A4174 in South Bristol.

Bristol will also benefit from an additional £600k from government to resolve flooding problems in a known hotspot – Scotland Lane, which links Stockwood to Brislington. The £600k is part of a £3.4m flood resilience project by Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire and Scotland Lane is one of ten highway projects across the two authority areas.

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, said:

“Maintaining and improving our city and our region’s important transport links is crucial to our success. We want to improve access across all modes, boost job opportunities and encourage new business to the area too. But we cannot do that without the right highway infrastructure, so this funding support is very welcome and will be put to good use to keep everyone moving.

“Prevention is a fundamental part of highway maintenance and this money will help us safeguard the future of our busy network, minimising the risk of traffic disruption caused by major repairs to roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

“The problems in Scotland Lane have been raised a number of times by members of the community and local councillors, so we’re delighted that we now have the funding power to take action to minimise the risk of flooding, which has too often disrupted journeys.

“We are increasingly looking at new ways to supplement our reduced revenue budgets and grant funding through central government is very much part of our strategy, particularly when we have the evidence to make a strong case. I’d like to thank my council colleagues for their hard work and effort in securing this much-needed funding.”

A key highway corridor running from the A4 in Keynsham, through Bath Road and the A4174 to the new South Bristol Link and Bristol Airport, the route connects large housing developments and business parks and is a vital part of the transport network in the city region.

The works, due for completion within the next year, will involve making repairs to the carriageway surface, restoring bridges and tunnels or other structures underneath the road, bus stop improvements and minor adjustments to cycleways and footways.
 
To minimise disruption as much as possible the large parts of the significant highway maintenance works will take place overnight.
 
Meanwhile, the council is finalising the scope of the £600k Scotland Lane project to confirm the most effective way to minimise flooding.

Both projects are being supported by the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. Full details of the bids submitted by Bristol City Council and other West of England councils can be found here: https://travelwest.info/projects/local-highways-maintenance-challenge-fund.

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