Reported in the General Highways Enquiry category anonymously at 20:24, Mon 21 November 2016
Sent to Bristol City Council 1 minute later
I struggled to find where i can address this with you but i think this needs to be investigated.
For the 2nd time in a few weeks i have been considerably late due to road part closures on the Bath Road (top of Brislington) - Hicks Gate - A4174 - Keynsham by pass. This is due to maintenance work cutting down trees, cutting grass and clearing rubbish etc.
Whilst its great that i see the side of the highways being maintained and kept tidy. I am struggling to see why this is done in the week (a very busy time for one of the main arteries in and out of Bristol).
Last time i become stuck on the Keynsham by pass coming back into Bristol for over an hour. This time today 21st Nov i couldnt get down the a4174 and round the Hicks Gate roundabout let alone along the Bath Road into Bristol. With the flash floods around Bristol and other road closures around the Keynsham Stockwood area. I had to divert into keynsham and try to reach Whitchurch/ stockwood ( this didnt happen either due to flash floods). I ended up turning around and driving to the Broomhill area via longwell green - Crews Hole and up to Broomhill via St Annes. A Journey which should have taken 20 mins all in all took me over 3 hours. The maintenance on the Bath Road caused most of Brislington to be gridlocked today. I understand that some of this is due to the general sheer volume of traffic as well as the weather. But, surely common sense prevails where the maintenance is delayed in order to get South Bristol moving again especially as the A37 was struggling with floods. I couldn't reach the place i needed to get to by car so i ended up ditching the car and walking to reach the top of Broomhill. I could not get from Brislingron village to Broomhill due to gridlocked traffic.
The times that this maintenance is done needs to be looked into and addressed so that the work is carried out during the least busy times and at the very minimum there should be signs at the entries of the by passes informing motorists of the congestion. To queue the length keynsham by pass with your engine off is a hazard, especially without any prior warning. People are late to work, late home, late picking children up from school. And its not 10 mins late, its an hour or more.
Id like to hear that you have read my message and that this will be addressed.
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