A Patchway church minister has urged his parishioners to respond to South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) consultation over the 18-month “experimental” closure of Highwood Road to general traffic.
Writing in a recent parish newsletter, Fr Eugene Campbell of Holy Family RC Church says he has noticed an increase in traffic using “rat runs” through Patchway estate since the closure came into effect on 15th October. He also raises concern over the volume of traffic using Coniston Road and says he hasn’t seen many buses using the the new dedicated bus lane on Highwood Road.
Expressing concerns over road safety within the main Patchway estate, Fr Campbell writes:
“I am fearful with extra traffic using the estate, that the residents and especially children are put at more danger with increased vehicles in the area.”
Urging parishioners to respond to the SGC consultation, he adds:
“This is supposed to be a temporary closure for 18 months from last November, but will become permanent if we do not make our feelings known.”
Responses to the consultation, which runs until 19th April 2013, must be made in writing, as described here:
Photo: “Road ahead closed” sign on Highwood Road, near Holy Family RC Church.
Extra signs erected to increase awareness of road closure
With large numbers of unauthorised vehicles continuing to use the restricted section of Highwood Road, there has been criticism from readers of The Journal that SGC hasn’t done enough to signpost the road closure.
Residents of the new Charlton Hayes housing development have reported that many drivers are turning into their estate and trying to find another way through to The Mall
SGC has responded by installing massive solar-powered road signs on Gloucester Road, which instruct drivers to go “straight on” to the new junction at Hayes Way rather than turning off at Stoke Lodge.
Photo: Solar-powered road sign near the Shellmor Avenue junction on the southbound A38 Gloucester Road.
More information and related links:
- Holy Family Parish Newsletter, Third Sunday of Advent [PDF, 2MB]
- Highwood Road Linear Park (The Journal)
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