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New Road Closure Little Bristol Lane

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Nov 10th 2010 15:52



Notice is hereby given that South Gloucestershire District Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended intend to make an order the effect of which will be to –

1) close, temporarily, to vehicles that length of Little Bristol Lane which extends from a point 80 metres south east of its junction with Manor Lane south eastwards for 30 metres, and

2) close, temporarily, to foot passengers and cyclists the Charfield Underpass which extends between Little Bristol Road and Station Road.

This order is required in connection with the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon works to replace the railway bridge and will be operative from the 13 December 2010 for a maximum period of six months. The closure however may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only for so long as is necessitated by the works which are anticipated to be of FOUR WEEKS duration.


Little Bristol Lane (part unaffected), B4058 Wotton Road, Churchend Lane, Devils Lane, Little Bristol Lane (part unaffected) and vice-versa.

Further updates on

Click here to view user informationmrh   Nov 11th 2010 10:56

So access to Woodlands Road is going to be pain over the Christmas/New Year period - great!

Click here to view user informationvicky   Nov 11th 2010 21:26

Six months?! I don't mind the diversion but six months is a long time.

Click here to view user informationvicky   Nov 11th 2010 21:27

Doh! Just read the 4 weeks bit!

Click here to view user informationjgbeaker   Nov 12th 2010 11:43

can the council open the emergency gate in woodlands road? because its going to be a nightmare otherwise!

Click here to view user informationvicky   Nov 12th 2010 12:34

I'd really rather they didn't open the gate. It was a pain for those of us who live by it a couple of weeks ago and this hardly constitutes an emergency. I'm happy to leave more time and go round.

Click here to view user informationmrh   Nov 12th 2010 12:46

Where is this emergency gate?

Click here to view user informationDadu   Nov 12th 2010 13:18

The emergency gate is for just that - emergencies.

Road works does not constitute an emergency and therefore the gate should not be opened.

The gate is at the end of a quiet cul de sac, which has several young children living in it, who obviously will be out in the cul de sac on occasion. In addition to the children who live there, the route is used my many parents, walking their toddlers to and from the primary school every day. These people have to walk 'in the road' along the narrow strip that leads to the emergency gate.

In my opinion opening this emergency gate for any period of time is risking the saftey of these young children, let alone for a period of weeks! I think this would be highly irresponsible and dangerous.

There is a recommended diversion and this should be used. It is not ideal, but the risk of a few scratches to our cars is bearable when considered against the alternative risk of childrens lives.

This should not even be a debate.

Click here to view user informationmrh   Nov 12th 2010 14:04

I just wondered where the gate was...

Click here to view user informationvicky   Nov 12th 2010 14:12

It's at the end of one of the cul de sac bits in woodlands and hawthorn close on the other side.

Click here to view user informationDadu   Nov 12th 2010 14:14

Ha ha. Sorry mrh. Went off on one there a bit.

Just had some frustrations with this topic on previous occasions!!

I'll take my happy pills and all will be well again...

Click here to view user informationmrh   Nov 12th 2010 14:34

No problem - I've not heard of the "Emergency gate" before (moved here in Feb this year) and was just to where it was. So then shall we see if we can get it opened!!! (just joking :) )

Click here to view user informationjgbeaker   Nov 12th 2010 21:06

Can anyone explain to South Glos Council that the use of Devils lane is not an option either. I'm not sure how the road got its name from but I can guess. It’s a single track road with few or no passing places, it is going to be chaos. Is there anything South Glos can do to get away shutting one side of the road and put in temporary traffic lights? Does anyone at South Glos council have any idea what impact this will have, or have they just looked at the map and thought, I know what we will do......... They really haven’t thought this through.

Can anyone explain why the gate in question is there in the first place, if it’s no longer needed or used why don't they just get rid of it?

Does this mean if we scratch our cars we can claim from the council?!!!! ;-)

Click here to view user informationvicky   Nov 12th 2010 22:49

I think if the gate being open meant traffic going right past your front door through a small opening often too fast (the speed bumps recently put in heading towards woodlands were placed there for a reason!) whilst your animals were out or your children out playing, you might have a different view.

I have never had a problem with devils lane. I had heard talk before of using traffic lights which I thought seemed sensible.

Click here to view user informationjgbeaker   Nov 14th 2010 09:33

fair enough, it just seems that South Glos Council don't really think things through, don't consult locals and just impose these changes on us.

I hope the traffic lights idea takes off, at least there will be some sort of traffic flow unlike devils lane that you can be trapped on for ages.

Click here to view user informationJed   Nov 16th 2010 18:32

Is that a 'joke' diversion?

Trying to use Devils Lane on a day without any issues is difficult enough!

Is there not some way of controlling the traffic through this “emergency gate” in a manor which reduces the risk? Perhaps lights?

Click here to view user informationLiz   Nov 25th 2010 15:00

To top it all off this diversion covers the coldest months of the year and this year it seems particularly cold. These are roads which are in normal conditions not suitable for this level of traffic but throw ice and snow into the equation and it will just be impossible to get out! I bet the diversion will not be gritted. Also many people walk or run on these roads as they are normally quiet.

I hear the arguments about children living where the emergency gate is located however it is my opinion that they should not be playing in the road anyway.

Will South Glos Council pay me full pay for the days I get stuck at home so that I do not have to lose any of my holiday due to their actions?

Personally I think that traffic lights are a much better idea.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Nov 28th 2010 22:11

Just to note, folks, that as I said at the top of the page... updates are on the Charfield Parish Council web site. Following some conversations the current state of play is for only the underpass to be closed - between mid December and mid January, and thus no diversions will be needed.

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Click here to view user informationLiz   Nov 29th 2010 11:51


You're a star! That's great news, I was dreading having to drive around the back lanes in cold weather.

Thanks to those who have managed to get the closure changed, I am incredibly grateful.

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