WECA Metrobus Consolidation Project improvements Emersons Green & Lyde Green

Background

Following the implementation and launch of the current Metrobus services a number of improvements have been examined and are looking to be implemented to existing bus stop infrastructure to improve the service reliability and also increase the bus patronage. This project to make improvements is being managed and led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) who are also funding the improvements.

There are two schemes proposed within South Gloucestershire and covered by this consultation:

  • Lyde Green – minor re-routing of the existing services within the development and the upgrading of the existing Lyde Green Primary School to Metrobus stop standards
  • Emerald Park layby bus stop improvements.

Lyde Green scheme purpose and proposed scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to provide an additional Metrobus stop within the Lyde Green development in the central area of the development increasing access to and potential patronage of the Metrobus service.

The scheme comprises of upgrading the existing pair of Lyde Green Primary School stops to Metrobus standards. This will mean that the stops will be capable [of being served by two buses at once and will have an increased bus shelter along with iPoint ticket facility including Real Time Information (RTI) screen, CCTV coverage along with bin & Sheffield stand provision.

To enable this there will also be a minor amendment to the Metrobus route within the development meaning that Metrobus buses will travel along Newlands Lane rather than Acorn Drive to enable the vehicles to reach the Primary School stops.

Downloadable documents:

Please review these before submitting your response to the scheme.

Statement of reasons

Drawings

Emerald Park layby bus stop purpose and proposed scheme

The purpose of the scheme is both to make it easier for buses to leave the bus stop due to the speed of vehicles on the A4174 and also to improve the safety of users at the bus platform area along with users of the shared use path including cyclists. 

By extending the bus stop layby by 19m this will make it easier for buses to leave the bus stop and continue their journey after stopping. This will assist in improving bus punctuality and reliability, especially for metrobus services that use the stop. In addition the width of the shared use path behind the Metrobus stop has been increased to improve flow along with increased verges adjacent to the Metrobus stop. This has been designed to encourage usage of the shared use path by cyclists and deterring travel through the bus platform area reducing potential for collisions between users.

The schemes comprises the conversion of the downstream end of the bus bay from grass verge to carriageway, to allow a greater area for buses to increase speed from stationary and join the existing traffic lane.

The extension of the bus layby is similar to an implemented improvement at A4174 Ring Road, Hambrook, Westbound Bus Stop (east of B4058) which was implemented during 2020/21 financial year. This referred scheme was also consulted on by South Gloucestershire Council and can be viewed on the Council’s Consultation website.

Downloadable documents:

Please review these before submitting your response.

Statement of Reasons

Drawings

Timescale

Following the completion of the Detailed Design by late January which will incorporate the outcomes of the consultation the project is anticipating receiving funding approval from WECA’s Joint Committee on the 8th April 2022. This will then lead to construction taking place from July 2022 onwards with the schemes being substantially completed by end of March 2023 due to funding requirements.

Have your say

Find out more and have your say

  • Complete our online feedback form by clicking here.
  • You can download paper copy by clicking here and returning to the Freepost address below.
  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01454 863699
  • Write to:

FREEPOST SGC
South Gloucestershire Council
Corporate Consultation Team
Council Offices
Badminton Road
Yate
BRISTOL
BS37 5AF

Please note the closing date for this consultation has been extended to 2pm on the 14th January 2022.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Timeline

  • Opened
    9 Dec 2021 at 09:00
  • Closed
    14 Jan 2022 at 14:00

Details

Geographical area
  • Emersons Green
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