A4018 Improvements Proposals

Closed 17 Mar 2019

Opened 4 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 11 Jun 2019

We Asked

We consulted on plans to improve congestion and improve public transport reliability on the A4018. The consultation ran from 4 February and 17 March 2019.

You Said

The consultation received 2726 responses.

A full report summarising the response to this consultation has been published as part of the papers for the June 2019 Cabinet meeting.

We Did

Following the public consultation, the A4018 scheme has been revised.

You can read the summary of the recommended changes to the scheme which will be presented to the June Cabinet meeting here.

Overview

The A4018 – known variously as Wyck Beck Road, Passage Road, Falcondale Road, and Westbury Road from north to south – is one of the most important routes into central Bristol.

Because of this, it can be severely congested throughout the day.
 
Why Are We Proposing Changes?

Over the next few years, a large new development of housing, business, and retail will be built on the former Filton Airfield site. Both local residents and many of the people living and working in the new development will need to travel into and through Bristol on the A4018.

Our traffic modelling has shown that the road will need improvements to tackle the increase in demand and to keep the A4018 flowing to support local residents and businesses. We believe that the best way to do this is a major investment in public transport.

As we are building the proposed infrastructure for the development, we would also like to take the opportunity to enhance the centre of Westbury Village for residents and reduce traffic.
 
What Changes Are We Proposing?

The plans shown here outline how we propose to achieve these improvements.

We aim to:
  • Make bus journeys into Bristol quicker and more reliable.
  • Ensure that buses are the best way of travelling into Bristol, as well as for shorter trips along the route.
  • Improve the ‘feel’ and environment of the road for local residents and commuters.
  • Encourage walking and cycling trips on the route by making them safer and more convenient.
  • Improve the attractiveness and vitality of Westbury Village, especially as a shopping destination, by removing the rat-running through-traffic and improving the setting and accessibility of the war memorial.

We propose to do this by adding inbound and outbound bus lanes, and by creating new junctions with traffic lights to improve traffic flow. These junctions would make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross the road. As part of these proposals, we have designed public spaces to improve the character of the road with new trees and green spaces. We also propose that these improvements would be supported by reducing speed limits to 30mph in some areas.

This includes proposed restrictions to the below road movements:

  1. Falcondale Road; ahead only at junction with Henbury Hill and Henbury Road. This change would apply to both northbound and southbound traffic.
  1. Canford Road; left turn only onto Falcondale Road.
  1. Westbury Court Road; left only movement onto Falcondale Road.
  1. Abbey Road; left only movement onto Falcondale Road.
  1. Lampeter Road; left only movement onto Falcondale Road.
  1. Westbury Road; left only movement onto the A4018, Westbury Road.
  1. Downs Road; left turn only onto the A4018, Falcondale Road

You can read the FAQs for this consultation here.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to hear what you think of these proposals.

You can give us your views through the online consultation below.

You can also attend the following open days to speak to us in person:

  • Saturday 9 February 11:15am – 3:45pm
    Westbury Library, Falcondale Road, Westbury, Bristol, BS9 3JZ
  • Monday 11 February 2:15pm – 6:45pm
    Westbury Library, Falcondale Road, Westbury, Bristol, BS9 3JZ
  • Saturday 23 February 11:15am-3:45pm
    Venue changed to Henbury and Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, BS10 7HG
  • Wednesday 27 February 2:15pm-6:45pm
    Venue changed to Henbury and Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, BS10 7HG
  • Monday 4 March 2:15pm-6:45pm
    Westbury Methodist church

Areas

  • Henbury and Brentry
  • Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze

Audiences

  • All residents

Interests

  • Traffic and transportation