Bristol fashions campaign to tackle roadwork disruption


Bristol City Council and five utility companies have launched a new campaign to help ease the frustrations caused by roadworks across the city.

The Active Roadworks scheme is designed to give people more up-to-date information about the progress of maintenance work to roads, footpaths and utility apparatus in Bristol, where there are around 40,000 roadworks each year.

As part of the new campaign, signage at roadworks will also be improved with clearer information about what is happening under the Active Roadworks banner.

Residents and regular visitors to the city are invited to report any problems they see with roadworks by tweeting #ActiveRoadworks to @BristolCouncil on Twitter. Regular travel updates will continue to be posted by @TravelWestEng.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: ‘Bristol is benefiting from significant investment in its landscape and associated infrastructure. Unfortunately it is inevitable we will have roadworks to make these changes, even though in the long run they will have a positive impact on our communities.

‘In the meantime, this new campaign is all about working alongside our city partners and utility companies to minimise disruption and frustration as much as we can. As well as improving our working relationships and collaboration to ensure works run smoothly and quickly, we want to provide information about what’s happening on street and via social media.  We want to make it easier to find more information about closures or roadworks so you know why you are diverted from your usual journeys.’

The council and utility firms are working together under a revised code of conduct for streetworks and roadworks to reduce the duration of these works as much as possible.

They will continue to jointly plan road improvements and essential utility maintenance to ensure they work in sequence, alongside new ways to inform the public and local businesses of upcoming works through improved signage and social media updates.

Picture shows Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council’s cabinet member for transport and connectivity, with representatives from utility companies at a Bristol Water roadworks site in Whitchurch.

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