Friday, 26 August 2016

Yate Spur cycle path update

Work on the section of the cycle path between Nibley Lane and the Shire Way railway viaduct (pictured above) was completed earlier this summer. It'll make more sense, of course, when it's joined up at the ends.

In recent weeks, it’s been confirmed that South Glos has secured £400,000 for further work this financial year.

In September the council will be starting a consultation on a pedestrian refuge at the Nibley Lane junction, the path under the viaduct and the Shire Way section. The council is also working towards securing land for the Westerleigh Road to Broad Lane section.

While it’s good to see further progress being made, more funding will be needed in future years for the construction of the path between Dodmoor Crossing and Nibley Lane, to complete the "Westerleigh cycle bypass". This is arguably one of the parts of the route that will bring the biggest safety improvements.

We need to keep up the pressure to make sure this important cycle route is completed. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign our petition at

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tour of Britain in our area Thursday 8 September

The Tour of Britain cycle race will be coming through our area on Thursday 8 September. As well as being spectacular, there will also be short-lasting road closures.

The riders will be coming through broadly north to south:
  • Wickwar
  • B4060 Wickwar Road
  • High Street, Chipping Sodbury
  • Culverhill Road
  • Bowling Road
  • Dodington Road
  • Claypit Hill
  • Gibbs Lane
  • Sodbury Lane
  • B4465 Codrington Road
  • B4465 Westerleigh Road
  • Pucklechurch
  • Heading towards Bitton and Bath
This will be a "rolling type" road closure starting at around 2.30 pm at Wickwar and finishing at around 3.30 pm in Bitton. At any one location the event is likely to last around 25 minutes - blink and you'll miss it!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bank Holiday rail disruption

Network Rail is carrying out further work in South Wales and the South West this August Bank Holiday weekend, to install new signalling as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work will take place from 27th to 29th August and will require a temporary closure of the lines in both directions between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, Newport, Bristol Temple Meads, Gloucester and Severn Beach. Trains will be diverted and in some cases replaced by buses. More information is available here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Ring Road closures this weekend postponed due to weather

The Gazette reports that the Ring Road closures this weekend are being postponed. Full details here

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Major resurfacing works on Ring Road

UPDATE 19/08/2016: The Gazette reports that the Ring Road closures this weekend are being postponed due to bad weather

The council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the A4174 Ring Road at Hambrook traffic lights / Bristol Road junction and between the Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts from Friday 19 August to Friday 9 September as part of the Challenge Fund road improvement project.

These roadworks will require the following closures:

  1. Full closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm on Friday 19 August to 6am on Monday 22 August and from Friday 2 September to 6am on Monday 5 September.
  2. Full overnight closure of the eastbound carriageway between Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts between 8pm - 6am from 22 August to 1 September and from 7 to 9 September. This road will be fully open during the day and at weekends.
  3. Full overnight closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm to 6am on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September. This road will be fully open during the day.
The work has been scheduled to take place when traffic flow is low, before the school and university terms start and avoiding the Bank Holiday. For further information on the project and diversion routes please visit If you have any queries email or call 01454 868000.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Nibley council offices - car park extension

Claire Young and Ruth Davis at
the potential Park and Ride site

Earlier this year, we reported that the Conservatives were considering closing the Kingswood Civic Centre and extending their Badminton Road office to accommodate a council chamber and extra staff.

They are now proposing to keep the council chamber at Kingswood but move the staff to Nibley, which still requires the car park to be extended.

Your Focus Team requested and received plans that demonstrate this will still leave room for the planned Park and Ride. This now needs to be bigger than originally planned due to all the new homes being built in Yate.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Vacancy for Parish Council grounds staff member (part time)

Would you be interested in joining the team at Dodington Parish Council on a Permanent Part Time basis, undertaking caretaking duties at Play Areas, Open Spaces and Parish Hall?

Details are available here and you can find out more about Dodington Parish Council from their website.

The closing date is 31st August.