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Forgotten bypass could be completed 45 years after work began

road to nowhere

Half a million pounds has been set aside by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) to complete a bypass that has been unfinished for nearly half a century.  

The stretch of dual carriageway, dubbed “the road to nowhere” was originally constructed in 1974 but was abandoned mid-project due to spiralling costs. The road in south Gloucestershire was meant to link Coalpit Heath, just south of Yate with Westerleigh, and link Frampton Cotterell with Winterbourne.

The road was set to be 3km in the original plans. The first 1.4km was completed in the 1970s, with 1.6km leaving a raiway bridge still to be finished.

The £500,000 will be used to carry out a feasibility study to develop new transport links in the area, including finishing the bypass. 

Weca’s plans will also examine the possibility of reopening Charfield railway station, which was closed to passengers and freight in 1965. 

South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage said he was pleased the forgotten bypass was being considered in the plans.  

“In the case of the Coalpit Heath/Westerleigh, I’m particularly happy to see that the Road to Nowhere is an important part of that study,” he said.  

“That has been a key priority for the MP for that area [Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall]. 

“I’m very pleased to see that as a combined authority we are able to progress the technical work on that. 

Three hundred thousand pounds is being put towards the station, and £200,000 has been allocated to the south Yate bypass.

The money is from Weca’s £30M-a-year investment fund and will be used to create business cases for reopening the station and bypass.  

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