Dave Wood Too much emphasis on road building schemes
So another piece of the Metro bus system is falling into place. Highwood Road in Patchway, despite a public outcry, will not be reopened to general traffic.
It will instead be used as part of the route for the Metro bus scheme.
All around South Gloucestershire road building schemes are the order of the day and have been priority for a number of years.
The Avon ring road is heavily used now and has houses, industrial units and supermarkets along its route.
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These in turn have put a heavy burden on it.
Then there are the new bus lanes built from junction two of the M32 towards Stoke Gifford and Filton. And the new car park built near Bristol Parkway station.
There is also the new Hays Way dual carriageway between the A38 to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
Before long thousands of homes will be built along its stretch.
The latest addition to road building and progression for the metro bus is the Stoke Gifford transport link.
This new 1.6-mile road will run through the Green Belt from Parkway North.
It will link up with the Avon ring road and will open up the adjoining countryside to new homes, industrial units and warehouses.
But while all this is happening for road users, what is happening on the railways in South Gloucestershire?
The answer is very little. But it is not for the want of improvements.
There are no rail or infrastructure improvements planned for the Henbury loop which is currently used only for freight. That should be addressed and should include new stations at North Filton and Henbury.
Consideration also needs to be given to reopening Chipping Sodbury, Coalpit Heath and Winterbourne stations along with adding a fourth platform to Bristol Parkway.
On top of this bus connections are needed at Filton Abbeywood and Patchway stations.
Ironically thousands of pounds have been spent on bus lanes and bus improvements to Filton Avenue, but there is still no rail bus connection to Filton Abbeywood station.