The A4018, which encompasses Wyck Beck Road, Passage Road, Falcondale Road and Westbury Road as it travels from north Bristol to the city centre, becomes extremely congested at peak times.
With new housing developments planned at Cribbs Patchway (former Filton Airfield), Bristol City Council is starting conversations now about how to develop the necessary transport improvements to keep everyone moving effectively, supporting local residents and businesses in their everyday lives.
The proposed improvements, developed based on traffic modelling, include adding inbound and outbound bus lanes, and creating junctions with traffic lights to support traffic flow. The proposals are mainly focused south of Crow Lane roundabout, however potential changes to the roundabout itself have been included in the discussion. They are accompanied by plans to improve the vitality of Westbury Village by removing the rat-running traffic that travels through the centre of the village on a daily basis.
The project includes outline plans for ways to improve cycling along the route of the A4018, and the council is inviting suggestions from those who regularly cycle in the area on how the proposals can make sustainable travel safer and more accessible for all.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport said:
“The A4018 is a key route in Bristol and it’s important we continue to invest in our transport network as the city grows. We also have to respond and adequately plan for the growth our city region will experience in years to come, with new homes, jobs and communities. These proposals aim to improve sustainable transport options into and out of the city with quicker and more reliable bus journeys, and to encourage walking and cycling along the route where possible.
“We’ve also made suggestions for Westbury Village and hope local residents and businesses can give their views on this important high street. We know we need to get any decisions to make changes right for the future, given the pressure many of our high streets currently face.
“Changes like this can mean disruption, but we are working hard to minimise this as much as we can. The consultation is an opportunity to engage with us on the proposals and have your say.”
There will be a series of drop-in sessions at local libraries for residents to discuss the plans in greater detail. Project officers will be at Westbury Library, Falcondale Road, on Saturday 9 February from 11.15am-3.45pm, and on Monday 11 February and Monday 4 March from 2.15pm-6.45pm. Drop-in sessions will also be held at Henbury Library, Crow Lane, on Saturday 23 February from 11.15am-3.45pm and on Wednesday 27 February from 2.15pm-6.45pm.
If approved, the proposed improvements to Crow Lane junction will be funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.
The online consultation will be open from Monday 4 February to Sunday 10 March www.bristol.gov.uk/a4018improvements