Local people have been complaining for months about the gap left where a Network Rail access gate used to be. There have been reports of dogs running out onto the road and of cyclists taking a short cut onto Shire Way, at the risk of colliding with the traffic. There could of course be even worse consequences if it's a child cyclist.
The gap was left there because of a planning dispute between Network Rail and South Glos Council about the access. presumably this has now been solved - railway contractors are now on site. We understand that they are installing a double access gate onto Shire Way, blocking the gap. This will line up with another set of double gates in the railway compound. When access is needed for heavy plant, the gates will swing across the path to provide a safety barrier for path users.