Patchway residents are being invited to have their say on a raft of proposed highway improvement measures that would affect a wide area of the town that includes the full length of Coniston Road and many of the road leading off it.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is running a public consultation on the proposals, which have come out of a review of the “remaining traffic issues” in the Patchway area, following its decision, last October, to keep Highwood Road permanently closed to general traffic.
The aim of the proposals would be targeted at reducing traffic speeds (in those locations currently without 20 mph restrictions or traffic calming), improving vehicular access and improving road safety at junctions. There are also proposals to introduce limited waiting parking on Rodway Road, to improve access to shops and the medical centre.
The schemes are due to be implemented within the current financial year (2014/15), and are subject to sufficient support from local business and residents, and comments received at a future formal consultation on the necessary traffic regulation orders.
Drawings showing the proposals are available online on a dedicated consultation page on the SGC website. They can also be viewed at the Patchway Town Council offices in Rodway Road or at Patchway Library during normal opening hours.
Patchway’s Labour councillors unsuccessfully campaigned for Highwood Road to be re-opened to general traffic following an 18-month “experimental closure” that began in October 2012. They are encouraging local people to continue their ongoing battle for traffic improvements in Patchway by taking part in the consultation on proposals for the Coniston Road area, which they say has become a rat-run following the closure of Highwood Road.
Patchway Labour councillors Eve Orpen, Sam Scott and Keith Walker said:
“When we forced the vote asking for South Gloucestershire Council to re-open Highwood Road last October, hundreds of Patchway people turned up and dozens gave first-hand testimony of the impact this closure is having on residential streets around Coniston Road.”
“We were angry when our bid to re-open the road was voted down by Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors, but we were promised a review of our traffic problems. We now have a set of proposals to consider and we urge residents to submit their responses. We want the most appropriate measures introduced, and local residents are best placed to say what and where these should be.”
The current consultation runs until 30th September 2014.