The closure of Highwood Road in Patchway has caused a lot of controversy. Many local people have had to change their route to work or have been affected by diverted traffic, and the petition to keep the road open has so far been ignored by South Gloucestershire Council.
So how has this change affected the daily lives of people living in Patchway? We thought it was time to ask local residents to share their experiences. Here are three responses from people in your area.
Kyle Millard: “I’m very unhappy as this road closure has made my journey to work much longer. This has just moved traffic around instead of reducing it. There’s three times as much traffic now going through Coniston Road. I think it’s OK to build new houses, but people living near Coniston Road shouldn’t be bombarded by the extra traffic.”
Claire Broadbent: “I actually live on Coniston Road and I can tell you that traffic on that road has increased. If I go to work from nine to five then there is a lot of traffic! It isn’t noticeable at certain times of the day, but during rush hour it’s very obvious that the road has become much busier.”
Paul Buckley: “The closure of Highwood Road appears to be nonsensical because Coniston Road is dealing with too much traffic now. I think that a lot of people are taking longer routes to work, spending more on petrol (which is not good for the environment), and they’re having to rush to work, possibly going over the speed limit!”
Do you agree with the views above? Perhaps you see the closure of Highwood Road as a benefit rather than a drawback. Some people we spoke to said they liked Hayes Way (the new road between the A38 and The Mall) and didn’t mind the road closure, whilst others felt very frustrated by it. How has the road closure affected you? We’d like to hear your views and comments! Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and participating in the discussion!
South Gloucestershire Council is currently running a six-month public consultation on the “experimental” closure of Highwood Road. Comments can be made by post or email before Friday 19th April 2013.
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