Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN) Update

Item 9 on the Agenda for the next Place Scrutiny Meeting on 27 April 2017 is a Report entitled “Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood Update”, presented by Jodi Savickas and Oliver Coltman. The guts of the Report are summarised in these verbatim extracts:

“March 2017: Results of the transport study were due this month, however following consideration by both South Gloucestershire and Bristol City Councils more scenario testing is required to ensure we have considered all options to improve the capacity of the Crow Lane junction. This additional testing is likely to take another month at least – we need to ensure we have all possible information to work from, as opposed to having limited data in a quicker timeframe. There is no obvious road based solution to the Crow Lane junction due to limited space and the various traffic movements that occur at the roundabout, therefore we must consider all options to best mitigate the impact of the development. The development is not yet beginning on site anyway so we have time to make sure we consider all the options”.

Initial thoughts for mitigation: The A4018 corridor is congested many times throughout the day, particularly the section from the SGC boundary to the Crow Lane roundabout. The Crow Lane roundabout acts as a pinch point with traffic moving in all directions, not just north to south. The development at CPNN will increase the demand on this corridor significantly.
Consideration must therefore be given to how to most efficiently move increasingly larger numbers of people from the new development and the Cribbs area to Bristol through an area that is already congested, and will face further demand in the future.
Buses carry more people than cars, therefore in order to be able to allow people to move from CPNN to Bristol along this corridor it is clear that priority must be considered for buses. If buses are stuck in the same congestion as cars, there will be no efficient, reliable way of travelling (apart from cycling) along this corridor into Bristol. Opportunities for large numbers of people to travel out of the development without getting stuck in traffic and adding to the congestion, can be ensured by providing priority for buses.

The additional scenario tests that are currently being carried out will look at various scenarios both with the provision of bus priority measures along the corridor and without to help make informed decisions on how best to mitigate the impact of CPNN.”

So, nothing new there!

For information, a map of the CPNN area can be seen here

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