Road resurfacing plans

ONE of the most potholed main roads in the district is set to be resurfaced as part of South Gloucestershire Council’s highways maintenance programme for this year.

The council has published a list of roads where resurfacing work will be carried out over the next 12 months.

It includes the A4175 Station Road, which is used by drivers heading from Staple Hill to and from the Avon Ring Road and Kingswood. A stretch of the road between the Bridge Road and Anchor Road roundabouts, near the driving test centre between Teewell Hill and the Horseshoe pub on Siston Common, will be resurfaced at a cost of just under £457,000.

The programme also includes resurfacing work on Bridge Road and Manor Road, linking Station Road to Rodway Hill in Mangotsfield, at a cost of just over £60,000.

In Downend, stretches of Westerleigh Road between the Dibden Road and Westbourne Road junctions, and Westbourne Road between Beaufort Road and Valley Gardens, are due to be resurfaced at a cost of £32,000 and £194,000 respectively.

Surface dressing work in Shortwood, on Shortwood Hill, Main Road and Pomphrey Hill, will be carried out at a cost of just under £100,000. A traffic calming and 20mph extension scheme in Manor Road, Mangotsfield, is being planned at a cost of £57,000.

An area-wide review of parking in Downend & Bromley Heath Parish, including formalisation of disabled parking bays, is being funded to the tune of £15,000. There will also be work to improve footpaths on Lydney Road in Staple Hill.

Salisbury Gardens in Downend, which was highlighted in the Voice earlier this year after being patched multiple times, is not on the list for resurfacing.

The council recently said that the number of reported potholes had quadrupled last year, with more than 2,000 a month reported.