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What we are doing and why

The Linking the Greens project is being delivered to enhance and promote sustainable travel in the Emersons Green and Lyde Green area and improve connections between the two communities, which sit either side of the A4174 Avon Ring Road.

The scheme will also look to promote cultural links between Emersons Green and Lyde Green through a public art programme.

Linking the Greens will focus on making improvements to the existing Newlands Bridge over the A4174 Avon Ring Road, as well as improving the pedestrian and cycling facilities either side of the bridge to better link Lyde Green with the Emersons Green retail park.

Newlands Bridge - for illustrative purposes only.
Newlands Bridge – for illustrative purposes only.

Work will include:

  • a new /improved shared-use path from Lyde Green across to Emersons Green via the existing Newlands Bridge footbridge comprising:
    • a new footpath in line with Public Right Of Way into the Lyde Green residential development
    • a new landscaped cycle/pedestrian corridor around the land adjacent to the Emersons Green skate park with lighting
  • refurbishment of the existing footbridge including resurfacing, replacing movement joints, painting concrete surfaces and column strengthening
  • construction of new steps at the northern end of the existing footbridge
Proposed improvements to Newlands Bridge
Proposed improvements to Newlands Bridge

Improvements to the wider area will include:

  • new composite footbridge over the Folly Brook at the end of Apple Grove to the north edge of the Lyde Green development
  • de-silting and environmental enhancements to ponds at Emersons Green
  • Emersons Way / Betts Green – resurface/remove failing block paving at traffic calming features and around gullies
  • Johnson Road /Church Farm Road– resurface/remove failing block paving at traffic calming features and around gullies. Replace existing priority road narrowings with speed tables.
  • lighting of Ring Road cycleway/footway (where required)
    • southern end of Newlands Bridge towards Wick Wick roundabout
    • northern end of Newlands Bridge towards Rosary roundabout

Other safety improvements will be made in the local area, including:

  • completion of the B4465 Pucklechurch to Ring Road shared-use path
  • pedestrian guardrails at Rosary Roundabout
  • traffic calming scheme on the Sainsbury`s access road (near the petrol station)
  • Science Park cycle signage
  • Public Right Of Way diversion / multi user/active travel link adjacent to Westerleigh Road (behind hedge) to replace proposed diversion

The Linking the Greens project is being funded via developer contributions, the council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth and Getting Building funds, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.

Key to the landscape improvements around Newlands Bridge is the appointment of a public realm artist and engagement with the local community.
We aim to:

  • engage the local community, creating a physical and social bridge between them.
  • improve the attractiveness and legibility of the route between Emersons Green and Lyde Green to encourage its use
  • promote walking and cycling routes between Emersons Green and Lyde Green

The public art programme will build on the infrastructure changes planned and help support the creation of better links between Emersons Green and Lyde Green, building on the sense of community between the two areas.

Artist Kerry Lemon will be supporting the Linking the Greens public art programme.

“I am an artist inspired by the natural world, creating freestanding and integrated sculptures, paintings and prints in diverse materials. My artwork and ideas are commissioned by architects, developers and luxury brands and I have worked with a range of galleries and museums in both the public and private sectors. My work is always research led to uncover the themes and stories I want to celebrate within the artwork. It is this detailed research which ensures my response to each commission is highly bespoke and site specific. I am really excited to be working with the communities of Emersons Green and Lyde Green on this new creative project, and look forward to exploring the unique culture, history and landscape of the area”

For information about Kerry and her work, visit www.kerrylemon.co.uk, follow her on Instagram @kerrylemonart or you can find out about her community project Press and Print.

We are also supporting the Three Greens Festival (25 September 2021) organised by Friends of Emerson Green Park with pre-workshops and a natural play area at the event.

Traffic management on the A4174

While the improvements are being carried out on the Newlands Bridge, a single lane closure in both directions will be required on the A4174 Ring Road beneath the bridge for approximately 1 week. This will reduce the carriageway to one lane in each direction. We will provide more detail once the dates have been confirmed.

Work on the bridge will be carried out during the daytime only, Monday to Friday.

The footbridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the work.

Further traffic management will be needed for the different elements of the project and we will notify the local community when this information is confirmed.

Project Timetable

  • Early 2021 to summer 2021 – improvements to Newlands Bridge
  • Spring/summer 2021 – Newlands Bridge public art project
  • End of summer 2021 – installation of new bridge at Folly Brook
  • Autumn 2021 – de-silting of Emersons Green ponds

Latest project news

Update – Friday 3 September

Lane closures will be in place on the A4174 Ring Road at Newlands footbridge from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 September between 9am and 3pm. The closures are needed to carry out the final repairs on the bridge.

On Monday 6 Sept and Tuesday 7 Sept lane 2 will be closed in directions to repair the central pier.

On Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 Sept lane 1 will be closed towards Sainsbury’s.

The lane closures will be removed at the end of each day.

Update – Wednesday 3 August

Road resurfacing in Emersons Green on the following roads:

• Johnson Rd – Monday 2 to Thursday 12 August – 24 hour closures
• Church Farm Rd – Friday 13 August to Wednesday 8 September – 24 hour closures
• Emersons Green (Sainsburys Entrance) – Thursday 9 September to Wednesday 6 October between 10pm and 6am

Update – Wednesday 7 April

Road resurfacing is due to start in Emersons Green this month on Johnson Road and sections of Emerson Way.

To enable this resurfacing work to take place road closures will need to be in place.

From Monday 12 April, for approximately one week, resurfacing work will take place along Johnson Road between its junction with Pinkers Mead and its junction with Wheelers Patch. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

From Monday 19 April, for approximately one week, resurfacing work will take place along Emerson Way, between its junction with Westerleigh Road and Youngs Court. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic. This road closure will need to remain in place around the clock.

From Monday 26 April, for approximately one week, resurfacing work will take place along Emerson Way, between its junction with Betts Green and Church Farm Road. During this time the road will be closed to all through traffic. This road closure will need to remain in place around the clock.

During the road closures diversion routes will be fully signposted.

We will endeavour to keep access open for local residents and businesses. Gatemen will be employed at each end of the closure to let residents into the closed road, but this will be dependent on the resurfacing works taking place at the time. Please note, this will be for access to properties and businesses only. Through traffic will not be allowed to enter the closed road and will have to use the diversion.

These dates may be subject to change and we will continue to keep the community up to date.

During the road closure bus services that currently travel along the road will need to be diverted. Further information will be available on the Travelwest website, visit www.travelwest.info/travel-updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work.

Update – Monday 1 February

Improvement work has been taking place at Newlands Bridge, over the A4174 Avon Ring Road, as part of the Linking the Greens Project.

Due to unexpected site conditions, further work is now required for the column strengthening at the bridge. Unfortunately, this means the work programme needs to be extended and will not finish at the end of the week as previously announced.

We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and further design work is being carried out. We will update the community when we have more information, including a new completion date.

The single lane closures currently in place in both directions of the A4174 Avon Ring Road, under Newlands Bridge, need to remain in place until the column strengthening is complete for safety reasons.

The work being carried out at Newlands Bridge includes resurfacing, replacing movement joints, column strengthening and the construction of steps at the northern end of the existing footbridge.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work.

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