The first day of a four-week road closure on a busy commuter route seemed to go off without a hitch this morning.
Motorists travelling in the north of the city had been warned of potential delays as the closure of Gipsy Patch Lane came into force on Monday, June 3.
With it being the first day of the closure, a Monday morning and the first day back after the half term holidays, it was expected that traffic around the area would be pretty bad.
But nothing could have been further from the truth.
In fact roads across the city remained fairly quiet this morning, possibly due to the fact that some children don’t go back to school until Tuesday.
But even the roads where traffic is being diverted to avoid the closure did not suffer with extensive queues and long delays.
Bradley Stoke Way, the A38 Gloucester Road North and Aztec West roundabout were pretty clear all morning – which also begs the question of whether more and more people have started leaving their cars at home and are making use of public transport.
While it was only the first day of the closure, part of the credit for the lack of traffic chaos has to go to South Gloucestershire Council.
A spokesperson from the authority said: “We have learnt lessons from previous experiences such as the works around the Bromley Heath Viaduct.
“The council has also undertaken a considerable amount of consultation on the project so most local residents should be aware of the closure.
“But we have also invested in signage that informs drivers from out of the area about the closure early enough in their journey so they can change their route if necessary.”
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The authority has said they will be actively monitoring the situation throughout the four-week closure.
The spokesperson added: “We will keep an eye on how people adapt to the diversions, if they don’t just follow the signed routes, to see if we need to take any further actions to keep traffic flowing and to minimise and unforeseen, knock-on impacts.”
Although Gipsy Patch Lane is closed to all vehicles, the existing footway under the bridge will remain open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.
The closure is taking place so BT can carry out preparation work to divert underground utilities before the scheme begins.
The bridge works – which are set to begin in July 2019 – are part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) scheme, which will provide a direct bus link between Bristol Parkway and The Mall.
The bridge work will enable both a general traffic and a bus lane in each direction as well as shared use cycle and pedestrian pathways.
The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane.