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 have now constructed build-outs to give short lengths of footway on the Hill side of the road at the two entrance locations with the worst visability. They are also constructing 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 did not actually start until 10th December 2018; after a break over Christmas work is due to be completed by the end of January 2019.
The Traffic Regulation Orders became operative on the 30th November 2018, following the publication of a public Notice in the ‘Bristol Post’ on 10th October 2018.
Construction Work - December 2018 & January 2019
The two plans below show the works being constructed
Troopers Hill Road Road Humps, Final Plan - Troopers Hill Road Buildouts & Parking Restrictions, Final Plan
Work started on Monday 10th December 2018.
The Council gave us the following update on 10th January
"All the new pedestrian refuge islands and associated dropped kerbs have now been built. ETM are currently constructing the footway buildout and dropped kerbs at the junction of Cassey Bottom Lane and expect to have this completed by Wednesday 16 January.
The road hump to be constructed outside no.18, and the speed cushions outside no.46 and no.127/129 should all be done by Wednesday 23 January.
The final work to be carried out will be the road marking works. This will include the waiting restrictions as previously advertised as part of the associated TRO process. The date for this is to be confirmed."
There will be road closures from 14th January for a maximum of two weeks to construct the road humps. 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. Access to properties will be maintained, but may only be possible from one end of the road.
Works Design - finalised April 2017
The final scheme now being constructed 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 second 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, only minor modifications were needed to the TRO so there was no further formal consultation. A report was produced outlining the changes and the reasons for them. The report included a plan of the revised proposals. You can download the whole report or just the final plan from the links below.
TRO decision report dated 12th Sept 2017 - Plan: Troopers Hill Road Parking Restrictions, Final
The main changes covered in the report and announced in February 2017 were:
• 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.