Category Archives: Traffic & Transport

Conham Road – Cycle Route

Update 6th March 2017:

Philip Wright, Transport Programme Manager overseeing the proposed improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure being delivered through the Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) grant from the Department for Transport has written:

“The proposed works at Conham Road are not part of the CAF programme, but were being considered to be delivered as part of the local match funding that had been agreed to support CAF in line with our bid to DfT.  These schemes needed to be delivered to meet the CAF timescales, with all works complete by March 2018.  The demands for this match funding are high and tight budgets had to be applied.  The draft budget given to the scheme at Conham Road was based on initial designs.  As more detailed designs developed it rapidly became clear that we would not be able to deliver this scheme within that budget.  The main reason given for the escalation of costs related to the additional requirements to build over the sewer pipe.

The River Avon Path remains a key strategic priority for both walking and cycling and we will continue to work on identifying funding to deliver this missing section of the route. ”

Philip offered Councillor Breckels, the local councillor for St George Troopers Hill,  the opportunity to meet the Bugbears project manager, Gari Garmston, to talk about whether there is a low cost interim option to improve the problems presented by the issues of the blind bend, with no footpath, on Conham Rd.  It may be possible to find money for a small amount of work from the funding pot called “Bugbears”.

An update will be posted after that meeting has taken place.

Update 2nd February 2016:

At the Place Scrutiny Commission meeting of 21st January, Ian Townsend submitted the question “What plans are there to fund the infrastructure required to close the ‘Conham Gap’ to complete a continuous cycle route along the River Avon, now that planning permission for the project has been granted?”

He has reported receiving the following written reply from Bristol City Council

“The funding is available (thanks to the postponed Camden Rd bridge project) and we are going to proceed with the scheme as soon as the land agreements are in place. There are verbal, in principle, agreements already.”

Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Officer for St George has confirmed negotiations on land agreements are ongoing.

Update 13th November 2015:

The planning application described below for a cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole at the ‘Conham Gap’ has now been granted planning permission. As yet there are no funds in place to complete the works but now that planning permission is in place it is hoped that the money can be found.

As part of the the conditions for planning to be granted money will be given for tree planting in the area to mitigate the effect of the tree felling that was necessary to clear the line of the proposed path.

Original post March 2015:

Planning application 15/00645/FB

Planning permission is being sought for a new solution to the ‘Conham Road Gap’ in the cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole that avoids the need to make any of the road one-way (as was proposed previously).

The new solution is to construct a new path running through the adjacent woods just to the north of Conham Road, more or less along the line of the vestigial works track servicing the Kingswood Sewer man holes.

It involves crossing the road at either end, something which will be effected by raised zebra crossings. These will also make crossing the road safer for pedestrians; the safety of the crossing at the north end has been of particular concern and has become known locally as ‘suicide corner’.

The two raised road crossings will be to the standard details adopted by Bristol City Council for priority crossings on popular walking and cycling routes. At these two locations vehicular traffic will give way to oncoming traffic in order to allow the road to be narrowed so as to secure safe sightlines for the public using the path.

According to the application:
“This route has been made possible by the support of the landowners of the woodland section, John Newlands McCreadie and Francesco Porcaro, and by Wessex Water whose adjacent main sewer has required their careful survey.”

Update – Tree Works

Some tree felling has been carried out in this area recently, we have received the following information from the Council’s planning officer:

“I can advise that they secured a license from the Forestry Commission to carry out the works and required no other planning/tree consents to do so. I have ensured that the further arboricultural information does include the trees removed however and these will be assessed within the application under any mitigation sought in accordance with the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard. As you have noted these are along the alignment of a sewer pipeline and were of limited value given the long-term retention due to future maintenance of this.”

The application has received support from the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

You can see full details and comment on the proposals (for or against) on the Council’s planning online website by looking at planning application 15/00645/FB.

A pdf document with details of the proposal can be seen here.

The images below show the proposed route and the proposed crossings at each end.





Without volunteers a successful road safety campaign in Crews Hole and on Troopers Hill Rd ends 6th February

Since March 2015 a small group of volunteers have been working with Avon and Somerset Police monitoring traffic speed on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill and Blackswarth Rd.  Owners of vehicles recorded by the volunteers as being driven at excessive speeds have received letters from police.

This gentle reminder approach to encouraging responsible driving could be judged to be working.  Between June 2016 and mid-October 2016 the volunteer monitored traffic for an hour a week.    They counted 3,344 vehicles of which 404 were driven at 27 mph or above in the 20mph limited roads.  During that time they only recorded 8 people repeatedly driving at these speeds and they were only recorded twice.

The team are now down to 2 members and will run their last opertion on 6th February UNLESS new volunteers come forward.  If you have an hour a week or fortnight to spare please find more information and follow up the contacts on


private message on Facebook to or

A report about the early days of the team can be read on

The team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the responsible drivers keeping to speed limits and driving appropriately for road conditions.  As you can see here when traffic is heavier, the responsible drivers keep those breaking the law to a  low percentage.  Problems increase when there is lighter traffic and this is when road incidents with the worst injuries occur.

Thanks to the statistics the team have gathered, police have been informed about the days of the week, the times of day and the locations where the worst offending occurs.  The police can then make the best use of time from their speed enforcment unit to cover an area and issue appropriate penalties and advice.

If you think the efforts of these volunteers are worthwhile please volunteer to keep this group running.

photo Speedwatch kit

Bridge Repair Works at Netham

20170106_121325Bristol City Council Highway Bridges and Structures team have carried out repairs on the bridge deck of New Brislington Bridge.

Update 1st February

Latest from Bristol City Council: The bridge will be reopened to vehicular traffic for 07.00 on Thursday 2nd February. The waterproofing and associated works to the carriageway of Brislington New Bridge are currently being completed.

There has been a delay of 3 days to the programme which was due to the cold wet weather postponing repairs to the reinforced concrete and the subsequent spraying of the waterproof membrane.

Update 23rd January

Bristol City Council emailed an update about Brislington New Bridge:

“The works were delayed by one week due to the wet cold weather over the last fortnight holding up the spraying of the waterproofing membrane. This is now complete, kerbs are being reinstalled and the resurfacing is due to take place on Monday (weather permitting), following which the expansion joints will be able to be cut and fitted.

We are therefore running one week behind schedule and are hoping to be open for the 3rd Feb, weather permitting.”

With regard to the bridge over Netham Lock the email read:

“The works to Netham Lock East bridge were postponed for budget reasons.”

Update: 23rd December
Information now available from First on diversion for service 36 – info

Update: 20th December

We have received the following from BCC Bridges & Highways Structures team:

4weeksThe maintenance works to Netham Lock East Bridge and Brislington New Bridge which were postponed from the 5th December are now due to commence on Tuesday the 3rd January.

Netham Lock East Bridge is due to be resurfaced and the carriageways and abutments of Brislington New Bridge are due to be waterproofed and resurfaced, with new expansion joints fitted at both ends.

The nature of the works is such that certain activities are very weather-dependent. The exact condition of the deck of Brislington New Bridge underneath the road surfacing is unknown, but it is likely to need repair, the extent of which will only be discovered when the surfacing is removed. Any delays thus incurred are likely to extend the overall programme. If the works proceed in advance of the programme then the closures will be lifted early.

The intended programme is as follows:

3rd January – Netham Lock East Bridge and Brislington New Bridge will be completely closed to vehicular traffic. Netham Lock East Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians. The junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will operate under 2-way signals.

11th / 12th January – Netham Lock East Bridge will be reopened and used for Netham Road southbound traffic only. Netham Lock West Bridge will be used for Netham Road northbound traffic only so the junction will operate without signals while Brislington New Bridge remains closed.

Brislington New Bridge will be closed for approximately 4 weeks in total, after which the operation of the junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will revert back to the existing permanent signal control.

The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road. The diversion routes for HGVs will avoid this route due to the low bridges and are shown on the attached plan.

36 Bus Route (updated 7th Dec)

First Bus have said (via twitter) that details of the diversion route for the 36 bus will be posted on their website once their Network Team have finalised them, they will be available at:

The New Brislington Bridge is the concrete bridge linking Netham to St Anne’s at the end of Feeder Road so its closure is likely to cause some major disruption to traffic.

Motor vehicles will have to go round via St Philips and Whitby Road (blue line on the image below). There will be a much longer diversion for high vehicles because of the railway bridges. The weight restrictions on some roads in St Anne’s will be lifted while the bridge is closed to allow heavy vehicles to use them.


The bridge over Netham Lock is the one used by traffic coming from St George and turning left towards St Anne’s, so this bridge would not normally be in use while the New Brislington Bridge is closed. When this bridge is closed all traffic will have to use the other bridge.

The offical notice about the closure can be seen here and was published in the Bristol Post. This notice allows the work to be carried out at any time in the eighteen months after 5th December. Signs will be put up giving advance notice of the closure.

Click here for plan of diversion route for New Brislington Bridge Closure (large pdf)

Click here for plan for Netham Lock bridge closure

Previous Updates:

Update 15th December:
Signs on the bridge say the closure will be in place for 4 weeks.
We have asked BCC to confirm this.

Update 2nd December:
The proposed maintenance works to Brislington New Bridge which were expected to start on the 5th December have been postponed until after Christmas.
The works have been re-programmed to commence on Tuesday the 3rd January and will be run in conjunction with maintenance works to Netham Lock East Bridge (Netham Road).
Both bridges will therefore be closed on Tuesday the 3rd January. The precise programme for the works is yet to be finalised and we will be in touch again once this is agreed.
The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road, see link at the bottom of this post.

UPDATE 28 November:
The works to Brislington New Bridge have been postponed until the New Year. The closure of the bridge will therefore not be implemented on the 5th December.

20161124_135150Update 23rd November 2016

Signs are now in place saying the New Brislington Bridge will be closed from 5th December, we have asked for confirmation of this from Bristol City Council.

Original Post 22nd November

The road bridge linking St George to St Anne’s is to be closed for 1-2 weeks for repairs but the start date has not been fixed yet. Work will be carried out on one bridge and then the other. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the foot bridge further east between Crews Hole and St Anne’s shops.

Road Humps & Parking Restrictions – Troopers Hill Road Area

roadhumpsIn October 2015, Bristol City Council consulted on a scheme to introduce speed reducing measures and pedestrian improvements on Troopers Hill Road. After consideration of the responses, this has now moved on to a formal consultation on the introduction of the necessary ‘Traffic Regulation Orders’ (TRO).

You can see the updated plans and details of how to respond to the consultation that runs from Thursday 27 October 2016 to Friday 18 November 2016 on the Council’s website via the link below:

Note – there are three separate sections to the TRO – parts A, B & C.

For Troopers Hill Road part A is for parking restrictions and part C is for speed humps etc, you need to look at both to get the full picture.

Part B is for other parking restrictions on roads around the Kingsway.

Safety of pedestrians using the entrances to the Hill from Troopers Hill Road has been a concern of local residents for many years, particularly due to poor visibility for those leaving the site.

The Council has accepted that pedestrian links to and from the Hill are poor and as part of the proposed scheme they are suggesting the introduction of short lengths of footway on the Hill side of the road at these locations. The proposals also include various speed reducing measures in the form of road humps and making the road narrower at certain key points.

Funding for this scheme is from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and was awarded in September 2012 following an application by members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic & Transport sub-group in July 2012.

Parking at Summerhill Schools


Problems caused by inconsiderate parking near schools was discussed at recent Neighbourhood Fora.  The meeting asked our local Police Beat Team to treat this as one of their priorities.

Towards the end of the last school year over 40 vehicles were identified over a 2-3 week period contravening the school zigzags outside Summerhill Primary Academy.  A letter has recently been sent by the police to the registered keepers of the vehicles:

This letter is being sent to you in relation to parking complaints we have received at Summerhill Academy, Plummers Hill, Bristol.

Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act (1984), it is an offence to stop, wait or pick up passengers on school entrance markings (the zig zag markings). This will result in being issued with a fixed penalty notice and receiving a £50 fine.

Vehicle checks have been done and your address has come back as the registered keeper to vehicle [registration number].  This vehicle was seen parked/stopped on the zig zag lines outside of Summerhill Academy during drop off/pick up times.

Regular school patrols and ticket enforcements will be carried out from the start of the new school year therefore please consider this letter as a warning.

The road markings are placed here for a reason and parking illegally puts other drivers, parents and children’s safety at risk. By parking or stopping in this position you are causing an obstruction to the visibility of other road users and endangering the safety of your child and every child who is trying to cross the road.

With the new school term now begun, enforcement will increase around the Summerhill schools.

Highway improvements are also being carried out in Plummers Hill to improve pedestrian safety in the area.



Consultation: Supported buses

Bristol’s bus passengers are being invited by Bristol City Council to give their views on services financially supported by the Council.

The survey is part of a review of the 19 bus services across Bristol that the council funds.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol needs a more reliable, passenger-friendly and integrated public transport network. Working with partners and taking up the devolution challenge, we may get greater control and investment to bring Bristol’s public transport up-to-date.”

Financially supported services are known as Supported Bus Services and the budget available for these is over £2m (2015-16). The services provided by this money include orbital routes such as the 505/6 (around Southmead Hospital, Easton and other areas), local shopper services like the 511/2/3/4 (Knowle, Bedminster and Brislington), and add-on commercial links, incorporating early morning, late evening and Sunday services. Locally, supported services include routes 6, 7, 36 and 506.

To submit your views, please visit: or download the document here.

Consultation closes 30 September 2016.

Traffic and Transport meeting – 30th August 2016

Update 7/9/2016 – Minutes of the meeting of 30th August 2016.

If you have an interest in travel in your neighbourhood, details of the next Traffic and Transport meeting can be found on the meetings page of this website,, including the agenda and venue.

Minutes of the last meeting cover the Lypiatt Rd and Bryants Hill traffic schemes, issues about the Chalks Rd, Church Rd, Blackswarth Rd junction and much more.


Help make a difference to YOUR neighbourhood

make a difference

Local people can influence decisions on all these areas and more.  One way of doing this is to join a St George Neighbourhood Partnership subgroup.  Why not come along to one or more of the subgroup meetings and seeing what they do.

Here’s a quick summary of what each subgroup does.

A list of the meeting dates and venues for all the subgroups is on

For more details about each subgroup and what they do please visit

Come and add your voice, opinions and help to those of  us doing it already.  You will be made very welcome.






Traffic calming Plummers Hill

plummers-hillThe Council has started a formal consultation regarding speed reduction measures planned for Plummers Hill.  Reducing traffic speed in this area is a priority of St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

The Council proposes to introduce a scheme of road humps, including speed cushions and a junction speed table, at Plummers Hill. The road humps would encourage motorists to moderate their speed and would reduce the risk of accidents.

Further information on the proposals are available at   The public consultation closes 3rd June 2016.



Money for small fixes to walking and cycling routes – have your say

We have received this message from Dr Suzanne Audrey of Bristol University:

Bristol City Council has some money to make small improvements to walking and cycling routes. Fixing small things can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder your cycling and walking through Bristol. It could be roads that could be made safer, missing signage, overgrown paths, uneven surfaces, obstacles or potholes.

See the Bugbears website:

Use the slider to indicate how critical the issues are for you.

The current funding does not include bigger projects like new pathways, but if you mention these they will gather them for future bids.

Report an issue

You can add as many issues as you like. Bristol City Council will frequently review all comments and at the end of July, 2016, will create a list of priorities based on your feedback. As they get to work, they will keep you updated to let you know how they are getting on.

best wishes


Dr Suzanne Audrey
Senior Research Fellow
Principal Investigator, Travel to Work randomised controlled trial

Please note, my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

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