Residents in the Stapleton area of Bristol say they're angry about some upcoming roadworks which will close major routes in the area for up to a year.

The work is being carried out in preparation for the new Metrobus system.

Stoke Lane will be closed Northbound from the 22nd of May, but headteacher Duncan Cruickshank says the work that's already started is making it difficult for children to get to school.

"The parents are trying to get their parents to school and because of the traffic disruption in the area, we're getting a lot of parents coming in late. The other day for instance we had 117 parents come in late - 117 children late for lessons - and every class those children went into, their learning was disrupted. It's parents trying their very best to get their children to school on time but they are so frustrated that they can't do it because of the traffic disruption we're getting from every angle."

Duncan Cruickshank, Headteacher, begbrook Primary School

Some of the residents have got together to form the Stoke Lane Action Group in protest to the roadworks.

Amanda Vinall is a founding member of the group. She concerned about how the work will affect those unable to find alternative routes.

"The alternative route that they have given us - which is the only alternative - is already completely at capacity and won't cope with the extra cars. Their argument is that after a while the traffic will settle down and people will find alternative routes. But sadly the elderly and disabled are not in a position to do that and are relying on the buses which at the moment have a horrendous diversion."

Amanda Vinall, Stoke Lane Action Group

It's not only commuters that are concerned about using the roads. Allotment holders in the area say the work will greatly reduce the access they have to their plots.

Katie Hooper believes a journey that currently takes just minutes could take an hour.

"It's going to put on an extra 5 to 6 miles easy to go around, you're going to be stuck in all the traffic. They did say we could park in the side roads but if you park there - if you carry a rotavator across, anything that we need for our gardening - it's just not going to happen. Also vegetables that we take home - you're not going to be able to just pop it into your car and it's putting the extra mileage and time. At the moment it takes a few minutes to get in here, it could take an hour."

Katie Hooper, allotment holder

Travelwest - the team behind the project - say the diversions are necessary to reduce the time it will take to complete the construction.

"Making the road one-way for 12 months means we can reduce the time needed to complete the construction work by 37 weeks. Without the one way system the traffic disruption would be spread over a much longer time period. This could result in additional cost of up to £1 million to local taxpayers because of delays to the work."

Travelwest
Some work in the area has already begun