Eurovia Contracting | Work Begins on Temple Gate Scheme
Eurovia Contracting has started work on the Temple Gate scheme in Bristol has begun, with the focus on giving the area increased traffic capacity and open areas for pedestrians and cyclists. The scheme is committed to providing a more direct route through Temple Gate, with fewer traffic lights to improve overall journey times.
Eurovia’s brief includes creating safer pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst generating areas for new buildings and public areas. To reduce the through flow of traffic Eurovia will be implementing improved transport links, including a new MetroBus stop and clearer signage. The new layout will see an increased capacity for buses, which will reduce journey times further.
Andrew Tomlins, Operations Manager said: “The Temple Gate project aims to create a first-class welcome to Bristol for people arriving around Temple Meads, and to improve the journeys of people who travel through the area every year.
“As one of the key arrival points to the city, Temple Gate needs to be a place where people can move conveniently between different modes of travel.
“This is an exciting scheme for Eurovia and one that will benefit millions of people travelling to and from Bristol.”
The first stage of the project, involves detailed investigation works, including excavation of trenches for geotechnical and archaeological information, borehole drilling as well as carriageway core sampling. In the coming weeks, Eurovia will be removing Temple Circus roundabout and the traffic island on Victoria Street. Following which, drainage works will commence in the area and Temple Way central reserve shall be modified.
Eurovia are keen to make road users and pedestrians aware of current and upcoming road restrictions to avoid delays where possible. The restrictions, including lane narrowing on Temple Way and Victoria Street along with Pedestrian Diversion routes, are detailed in weekly information updates to shareholders.
The south side of the Temple Circus roundabout has been closed as part of the scheme. This has simplified traffic movements to ensure the junction continues to run smoothly during peak times. This closure extends into the completed scheme, which means that traffic from the north will no longer be able to turn right into Victoria Street from Temple Way and traffic exiting from the Friary will no longer be able to turn right onto Temple Way or straight on to Victoria Street
Due to the narrowing of the affected roads during the works, all cycle lanes through the area shall be are closed.
Work on the Temple Gate scheme is due to finish Autumn 2018