- A4174 road
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ukmotorwaysmall|32The A4174 is a major road in
Englandwhich runs around the northern and eastern edge of Bristol, mainly in South Gloucestershire, and through the southern suburbs of Bristol. When it was first conceived it was planned to circle the whole of Bristol, and even today it is known simply as "the Ring Road" by many local people, however this is technically inaccurate, as the road does not circle the whole city, instead covering roughly half of the route.
The completed section of the northern and eastern route runs from the A38 at
Filton, under the M32 motorway, through to Frenchay, Bromley Heath, Emerson's Green, Kingswood, Warmley, and Longwell Greenbefore joining the A4 at Hicks Gate junction near Keynsham. This section of the road is entirely dual carriagewayand runs through several roundabouts which act as junctions. In the summer of 2005, major work was carried out to a number of these roundabouts, installing traffic lightsto make them signal controlled which caused major delays.
The road reappears just over a mile along the A4 at
Brislington, where it follows a valley, crosses the A37, and reaches a large roundabout in Hengrove Park. West of this roundabout a strip of land has been left undeveloped, but at present the road instead turns north terminating at the A38 in Bedminster. There have been several proposals to extend the ring road from the junction with the A4 at Hicks Gate, Keynesham, along the southern edge of Bristolas far as the A370 at Long Ashton, but no action has been taken to put it into work as of January 2007.
The 2005 Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study, commissioned by the regional government office, recommended construction of the new southern route to tackle congestion. The proposals follow the route set aside west from Hengrove Park roundabout to the A38 at Castle Farm (phase 1), and from there to the A370 near Long Ashton Park and Ride (phase 2). There are additional recommendations (phase 3) for a new Whitchurch bypass from Hengrove Park roundabout, along the base of Dundry Hill, around Stockwood and joining the existing A4174 at Hicks Gate roundabout on the A4.Atkins, 2005. " [http://www.gbsts.com/ Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study] ." Chapter 6.] Phase one and two of the ring road are the only major road building schemes adopted by the Joint Local Transport Plan, which claimed they would reduce delays across the Greater Bristol area by 6%, and lead to a 9% increase in public transport use. [B&NES, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, 2006. " [http://www.greaterbristoltransportplan.org/ltp_pdf/maindoc/ltp-main-section-6.pdf Joint Local Transport Plan] ." Chapter 6. (PDF)] Bristol City Council has since endorsed all three phases, hoping to begin construction of the first two phases in 2010 and 2011, and the third phase potentially some time after 2016.cite web | title=South Bristol Ring Road | work=Bristol City Council | url=http://www.bristol-city.gov.uk/ccm/content/Transport-Streets/projects-and-schemes/major-highway-schemes.en;jsessionid=6E79F40904B275EF580516E1442C0CA9 | accessdate=2006-08-25]
Work was expected to start in late 2007, although no work has yet started as of 2008.
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