We have received notice from Gloucestershire County Council of road closures in the area over the coming weeks.
Barrington Road, Upper Rissington
Part of a larger program of ‘Streetworks’, scheme No: 813765 is for the total resurfacing of Barrington Road from the junction of Rissington Road and Barrington Road in the north down to the southern entrance of Mitchell Way adjacent to the start of the airfield and onwards towards the Barringtons.
The scheduled dates are now 18th – 22nd March with appropriate diversions. The dates are provisional, subject to weather and completing earlier scheduled works. This will be a total road closure, and more details will be provided nearer the time.
In the meantime, the partial road closure of approximately 1,000m of Wyck Rissington Road continues from 7th January to 22nd March or until the works are complete. The reason for the closure is to replace water mains and associated fittings and services.
A formal “arrowed” priority system on Chipping Bridge, which carries B4450 Station Road over river Evenlode, on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is being introduced. This work is required as the bridge is already too narrow to allow safe two-way traffic flow and as the edges of the bridge are substandard.
The temporary narrowing will be implemented by installing temporary barriers and signage as well as white lining works. Unfortunately, as the carriageway is very narrow at this location, it is necessary for B4450 Station Road to be closed between Old Burford Road and Kingham Train Station, for the safety of both the workforce and the travelling public. A signed vehicle diversion route will be in place for the duration of works and extents of the closure together with the official diversion route are shown on the drawing, which is attached to this email.
A full three-day closure that will operate between 09:30AM on 5th December and 16:30PM on 7th December will be required to complete the works. Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists over the bridge will be maintained throughout the works. Vehicular access to residential properties and businesses on Station Road will be maintained, accessed from each end of the closed section.
Reconstruction of the bridge deck, which will incorporate a permanent road narrowing, is currently programmed for 2020/21. This delay will allow us to evaluate the priority system performance before permanent measures will be adopted.
Brrr! It is proper cold outside today and the Highways gritters have been out salting the roads overnight. This seems like a good time to update residents about winter weather arrangements.
The road from Little Rissington towards Burford is a ‘primary route’, which are the priority routes that will be gritted and cleared by the County Council. This season, we are pleased to report that Highways has agreed to add the Barrington Road to the list of primary routes – which means that the road will now be gritted from the junction at Rissington Road to the roundabout on Mitchell Way.
The County Council does not spread grit on smaller roads (there are too many of them), but helps provide supplies of grit for use on local roads. Green Parish-owned grit bins can be found on Bristol Road, Wright Road, Farman Crescent, and by the garages on Grebe Square (map). A new grit bin has recently been installed at the entrance to Siskin Road, and some more grit bins are on order.
Grit should only be used on the public highway, not on private drives and pathways, unless to aid emergency services. Grit should be spread thinly – a light sprinkle is sufficient – and remember stocks need to last all the way through until warmer conditions return.
The Parish Council is also looking for a new Snow Warden as the current one has moved away. The Snow Warden is a local resident who can report unusual snow conditions – such as drifting that completely blocks the Barrington Road – directly to the County Council Highways team to keep them keep the roads open. If you’d like to volunteer for this role then please write to the Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a FULL road closure on the A429 Fosse Way at Stow on the Wold from Monday 17th September through until Wednesday 26th September, which could affect those of you who commute and shop around Stow.
The closure is to allow contractors to install a new foul sewer into the existing main foul sewer within the A429. The road will be closed 24/7 as the excavation will be 2–3m deep and has to cross the A429 to the middle of the opposite carriageway. The actual connection will be taking place from Fourways Cottage (adjacent the Unicorn car park) across the Northbound carriageway to midway in the Southbound carriageway.
Gloucestershire County Council will also be taking advantage of the road closure to undertake additional carriageway works, so as to minimise any future disruptions and road closures.
Please find below a simple plan showing the basic North/South & East/West diversion routes. There will be a HGV route taking vehicles from the B4077 through to the A429 at Bourton on the Water, to avoid Lower Swell. Additional signs will be placed to deter traffic from using roads passing through local villages.