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Ashton Vale changes due to Metrobus, Metrowest & South Bristol Link Road

The South Bristol Link Road (SBLR) opened in December 2016. It has a parallel shared use path for pedestrians and cycles which connects at Long Ashton to the Festival Way (National Cycle Network 33). It then links at the other end to the Malago Greenway at Hengrove. There is a spur connecting through the Long Ashton Park & Ride to the maintenance track / cycleway alongside the guided busway between Long Ashton and Temple Meads.

The Metrobus busway will overfly the Temple Meads to Portbury rail line at Ashton Vale on a new deck. The maintenance track / cycleway continues and terminates at Ashton Vale Road, where the railway is crossed by a level crossing (See sheet 201749-PA-908 at Travelwest https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/travelwest/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/avtm-general-arrangement-plans.pdf). On the opening of the railway to passenger trains to Portishead (as part of Metrowest), it is currently proposed to close the level crossing (providing a new access from the west to the industrial estate). This will also close the public footpath crossing to Barons Close.

The current proposed route for cyclists and pedestrians between Ashton Vale Road and Winterstoke Road is a diversion of about 300 metres via a ramp to Ashton Road, and a convoluted series of crossings, ramps and subways, all of which fall short of current guidelines for such facilities due to gradients, and width.

For cyclists travelling to South Bedminster / Ashton Gate, the diversion adds considerably to the journey time. Travelling towards the city, the route is much less attractive, more inconvenient and congested at peak times with school foot traffic.

We have written to MetroWest as part of the ‘Ashton & Pill micro-consolation’ suggesting that the direct link between the Metrobus cycleway and Winterstoke Road is maintained by creating a subway under the railway at Barons Close. This would require onward facilities on Winterstoke Road to link to existing cycleways.

PS There was a dramatic ‘Santa Cycle Ride’ in December 2016 to mark the opening of the SBLR. Check out the Flickr gallery.

Access to Long Ashton and Barrow Hospital development

The old Barrow Hospital site is being redeveloped. There is a real risk that increased traffic will create further problems on the popular cycling route south of Long Ashton. This is also a good opportunity to improve things by opening up a new shared path to link in to Long Ashton.

Car commuting to Bristol is difficult because of peak-time traffic congestion. There is demand for parking in Long Ashton village by commuters from further afield who then cycle into Bristol, overtaking congested traffic. Cycle parking at bus stops will help those commuting by bus/bike to Bristol, or indeed by car/bike if they can find a vacant parking spot nearby.

Some residents of existing and proposed housing at the Barrow Hospital site will wish to commute at peak traffic times and find it a lot quicker by bike than by car or bus. For trips from Long Ashton to Harbourside in Bristol members of BCyC say they allow 35-minutes by car, 45-minutes if walking and 11 minutes by bicycle!

Less experienced cyclists and family groups from Barrow Hospital will be put off by the additional traffic generated in Wild Country Lane and would benefit by an off-road link from the site to the Nailsea-Bristol Festival Way walking and cycling route built in 2012 and operated by North Somerset Council.

Here is a suggested scheme for a shared-path link that would also provide a safe and attractive walking and cycling route to shops and community facilities in Long Ashton.

We have included this scheme in our ‘neighbourhood plan’ for the area North Somerset – Long Ashton, Nailsea, Backwell, Dundry

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