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Stoke Lane reopens - but traffic woes are not over

TRAFFIC flows are set to improve in the Fishponds area this month now that Stoke Lane is once again open in both directions.

The road between Stapleton and UWE Bristol was made one-way last year for work on the £216 million MetroBus rapid transport route. It was initially shut to northbound drivers but because of the jams - which had been predicted by local people - this was eventually reversed. It's  now two-way again, although there will be "occasional short length, short term traffic lights for specific pieces of work".

MetroBus, which is intended to reduce congestion and cut journey times into central Bristol, is due to start  in the autumn. But first there is the little matter of repairs to the viaduct on the ring road at Bromley Heath, which are likely to take up to a year and are forecast to cause delays and jams of up to three miles.