Monthly Archives: March 2016

Councillor Surgeries

Members of Westerleigh Parish Council will be available between 6.30pm and 7.00pm (prior to Full Council meetings) to meet informally with members of the public.

This will give members of the public the change to raise any matters of concern with their local councillors in a less formal setting than at a public meeting.

Council are to trial this arrangement for a period of three months. Please note that all councillors will not be in attendance.

Councillor Surgeries will be held:-

Date                                        Time                             Venue

11th April 2016                     6.30-7.00pm                Manor Hall

9th May 2016                        6.30-7.00pm                Westerleigh Village Hall

6th June 2016                        6.30-7.00pm                Manor Hall

 Councillor can of course be contacted at any time.  Full details are shown on the website and noticeboards.

Network Rail drop in – Dodington Road bridge work Chipping Sodbury Town Hall 4pm – 8pm 15th March 16

Railway Upgrade Plan – Dodington Road – Parapet extension works

Drop-in invitation – 15th March 2016, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

Why electrify the railway?

Electrifying the Great Western will improve one of Britain’s busiest and oldest railways, better connecting major towns and cities across southern England and South Wales. It will make journeys smoother and more comfortable for passengers as well as quieter for people living near the railway, providing more seats, reducing costs as well as stimulating economic growth in the region.

What are the works involved?

Where any structure on the route has electrical contact wire and/or any other live parts passing through it, it is essential that we raise the height of the existing parapets (sides of the bridge) to 1.85 metres for added safety of users of the bridge and to comply with European standards.

On Dodington Road, we will provide a series of new galvanised mesh panels along the length of both existing parapets and fit anti-climb bricks to the outside of the bridge. We will also be undertaking any repair work to the bridge.

How does this affect me?

As the bridge is narrow, we will be required to close the road to all vehicle traffic in order to safely accommodate the work. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the bridge for the duration of the closure.

An approved diversion route approved by the relevant authorities will be introduced via Bowling Road, Culverhill Road, Rounceval Street, Bowling Hill, Station Road, Link Road, A432 Kennedy Way, A432 Cotswold Road, A432 Smarts Green Roundabout, A432 Badminton Road, Chapel Lane, Catchpot Lane, Dodington Lane.

This will be maintained on a daily basis.

When will the work take place?

The diversion and closure preparation works (signs and diversion route) will be take place over the weekend of 20th May and the full closure to vehicles will commence from 09.30hrs on Monday 23rd May. All non-railway

works are due to be completed in an initial two-week period to allow the road to be reopened by the 5th June, 2016.

This would be Normal daytime working will be utilised for the majority of the improvement works, this being Monday to Friday; 07.30hrs to 18.00hrs and weekends; 08.00hrs to 18.00hrs.

However, the road closure will require to be reinstated for a series of Saturday nights to allow the railway construction activities to be undertaken during a full possession of the railway (when no trains are running) and as such night time working will be utilised between 22.00hrs and 08.00hrs on the following dates;

Saturday nights in May; 28th

Saturday nights in June; 4th / 11th / 18th / 25th

Saturday nights in July; 2nd

How will we manage the impact on our neighbours?

We recognise that construction work on the railway can be disruptive to those living or working nearby. The nature of our work often means some disturbance is unavoidable, but please be assured that every effort is made to minimise any unnecessary noise and we have reminded all staff and contractors to be considerate of the environment they are working in.

How can I find out more?

We are holding a drop-in session, when members of the project team will be on hand to answer your questions.

Venue: Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Broad Street, BS37 6AD

Date: on Tuesday, 15th March

Time: from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Contact Us

I hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. However, if you have any additional questions or concerns about the work taking place in your area please call our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on: 03457 11 41 41 or visit

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