£14 million bypass gets green light in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire
A NEW £14 million bypass designed to ease traffic congestion in Stoke Gifford has been given the green light.
Members of the South Gloucestershire Council's development control west committee granted planning permission for the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL), in a bid to facilitate commuters' journey to work.
The decision comes a few months after the local authority agreed to buy up land along the route in an effort to speed up its construction.
The mile-long route will link Parkway North Roundabout to the A4174 Avon Ring Road near the M32 and will include bus lanes, two new bridges and a separate pedestrian and cycle route on its western side.
The bypass had been due to open over ten years ago to deal with congestion in the North Fringe of Bristol created by large-scale new development, including the new town of Bradley Stoke.
The SGTL will provide an alternative crossing over the Great Western railway line and bypass existing congestion bottlenecks near Bristol Parkway Station and along Old Gloucester Road and Brierly Furlong.
Stoke Gifford Cllrs Brian Allinson, Keith Cranney and Justin Howells, said: “We are absolutely delighted that planning permission has been secured for this important new road because the Stoke Gifford community has been demanding it for years.
"Many local people will remember that this link road was planned as part of the development that saw thousands of new homes built at Bradley Stoke and other nearby locations in order to ensure that there was new infrastructure put in place to cope with all these extra commuters.
"All these years later, it will come as an immense relief to local residents to see that this link road is making progress because another route across the railway at this location is the only way to ensure that traffic congestion is relieved in Stoke Gifford.”
As well as reducing congestion and enhancing public transport links, it is hoped the route will play a key role in supporting future economic development in the North Fringe area.
Work on the bypass will begin on 2015 start date is expected to be completed in 2017.
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