CPNN Mitigation – Henbury Loop?

South Gloucester Council’s evolving plans for their Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN) and Charlton Hayes includes provision of upwards of 8000 new homes plus small commercial units, schools, health centre, pubs etc. 

Whilst Bristol City Council (BCC) and South Gloucester Council (SGC) have been involved in lengthy discussions for mitigating the effects of this mammoth development on north Bristol, SGC are not obligated to pay anything towards mitigating the problems that will arise for north Bristol – particularly the increase in traffic using the A4018 corridor into Bristol. 

Basically, this is what we know so far:

Train Stations: Developers agree that they want the loop and they are safeguarding sites and contributing £2.5million to help deliver these. A Rail report is due in a few weeks which will finally rule on whether this is a spur or the full loop; we are in limbo at the moment. The case for opening the “Henbury Loop” to passenger traffic has been well publicised and promoted by our recently re-elected MP, Charlotte Leslie. Her thoughts and aspirations for the Loop are summarised in this Outline Business Case (written in March) and addressed to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Secretaries of State for Transport, and the Department of Communities and Local Government.

A4018 (Passage Road): No firm news but it looks like a bus lane will be built down the road taking out two of the four lanes. Highway Engineers are modelling it at the moment as to whether to just leave it alone, have peak hour bus lanes as they do in Brislington, or have permanent ones that function all the time. As an aside they are proposing to remove the Crow Lane Roundabout and have a traffic light-controlled junction to better enable North-South travel.

Bus Links: The Charlton Road access will be bus only, and this will be controlled by a number plate recognition camera. Discussions have begun with First Bus on how to service the new communities but obviously the timetable isn’t finalised yet. This will actually help residents at the Filton end of Charlton Road as they have very poor bus provision at the moment and should get a pretty swift service to and from Cribbs Causeway. Nowhere is there any mention of new Park & Ride facilities!

Fishpool Hill: There will be links across this road but no access up or down it, so this should prevent a rat run from developing down Brentry Lane. It will be pedestrian and cycling only. 

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