Safety Improvements Troopers Hill Road
Safety of pedestrians using the entrances to the Hill from Troopers Hill Road has been a concern of local residents for many years, particularly due to poor visibility for those leaving the site. Work to improve the entrance at Greendown was carried out in 2009.
The Council has accepted that pedestrian links to and from the Hill are poor and have suggested the introduction of short lengths of footway on the Hill side of the road at entrance locations. Their proposals also include other safety & speed reducing measures on Troopers Hill Road.
Bristol City Council initially consulted on a scheme to introduce these measures in 2015, this moved on to a formal consultation in 2016 on the required 'Traffic Regulation Orders' (TRO). Following a further formal consultation on a reduced number of road humps in April 2017, construction was expected later in 2017 but is now scheduled for October 2018.
Construction Work - due October 2018
The Council have given us the following information:
"The work is anticipated to take four weeks and this includes a temporary road closure for approximately two weeks, to enable construction of certain elements of the scheme such as the road humps. The other elements of the scheme will be constructed under give and take narrowings and temporary traffic signals."
"A more accurate start date is usually provided by ETM approximately two weeks before they start on site, at which time, temporary information signs will be erected on site informing local residents and through traffic of the start date."
Note it is usual for these types of work for the Council to apply for a road closure to cover the whole of the construction period but they only actually close the road for part of the period when required for the works.
Proposed Design - finalised April 2017
The final scheme to be constructed later in 2018 includes some changes from the scheme consulted on in 2016 (see below). The changes are partly as a result of budget limitations and partly as a result of objections received. There are two parts to the scheme - road humps and buildouts / parking restrictions.
A new formal consultation on the required 'Traffic Regulation Order' (TRO) for the reduced speed humps was run from Thursday 6th April to Friday 28 April 2017 on the Council's website at www.bristol.gov.uk/trafficorders
Revised TRO April 17 documents for road humps - Notice - Statement of Reasons - Plan - these show the final plan for road humps.
Changes to road humps announced in February 2017 and included in the above plans:
• Near 81 Troopers Hill Rd, a colour change will be used to mark the crossing instead of a speed hump. The new footway construction with drop kerbs opposite the houses will still be constructed to give people somewhere to stand off the road when waiting to cross.
• Speed cushions to be installed at the Greendown junction instead of a speed table (the budget would not cover a speed table).
Buildouts & Parking Restrictions
Buildouts do not require a formal TRO but the locations can be seen on the drawings issued for the parking regulations. Because the changes in April 2017 were only to remove or reduce the size of the buildouts, no changes were needed to the TRO so there was no further formal consultation.
2016 TRO Part A parking restrictions - Notice - Statement of Reasons - Plan - not all of the buildouts will be constructed.
The main changes announced in February 2017 to the above scheme are:
• Slight reductions in the size of the buildouts at the southern end of Troopers Hill Rd to reduce costs.
• No narrowing near the top of the road due to limited budget.
• No buildout opposite 111 Troopers Hill Rd - this entrance has the best visibility and the number of drop kerbs to driveways makes design of suitable measures difficult.
Traffic Regulation Order Consultation - October/November 2016
Plans for the scheme as published for the necessary 'Traffic Regulation Orders' (TRO) can be seen via the links below. These plans and details of how to respond to the formal consultation were published on the Council's website at www.bristol.gov.uk/trafficorders from Thursday 27 October to Friday 18 November 2016.
There were three separate sections to the TRO - parts A, B & C. For Troopers Hill Road part A was for parking restrictions and part C was for speed humps etc, you need to look at both to get the full picture. Part B was for other parking restrictions in around the Kingsway.
Part A parking restrictions - Notice - Statement of Reasons - Plan (see also 2017 changes above)
Part C speed humps etc - Notice - Statement of Reasons - Plan (see also 2017 changes above)
Initial Consultation - October 2015
You can see the October 2015 proposals on the consultation leaflet, copies of which were delivered to houses on Troopers Hill Road. Note the details of some of the proposals have now been changed from those shown on the leaflet.
Funding - September 2012
Funding for this scheme is from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and was awarded in September 2012 following an application by members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic & Transport sub-group in July 2012 which was supported by Friends of Troopers Hill.