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Shellmor Avenue left turn ban to begin on Monday

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road is to be closed.

Work to implement a scheme to ban traffic turning left off the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue and improve the layout of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction got underway this week.

The scheme is intended to improve road safety on Shellmor Avenue by reducing the volume of traffic using the road as a “cut through”.

The go ahead for the work was finally given at September’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, despite 39 objections being received during the legal advertisement phase (76 respondents were in favour).

Many of the objectors raised concerns about the possible impact the closure would have on traffic levels in Stoke Lane and Patchway Town Councillors are understood to have since met with SGC Highway Engineers to discuss these.

Stage 1 of the Shellmor Avenue work started on Monday (26th November) and has involved temporarily closing the road between Shellmor Close and the junction with Stoke Lane, to enable the junction widening works to be carried out. This has necessitated the introduction of a lengthy diversionary route, via the Aztec West Roundabout, for traffic wishing to access Shellmor Avenue and the roads leading off it.

Stage 2 of the work, to close the left turn off Gloucester Road, is due to begin on Monday (3rd December, not 2nd December as shown on the sign).

The Council has estimated the cost of implementing the left turn ban at £15,000, which does not include earlier investigation work. The additional £10,000 cost of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction improvement work was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in March.

More info: Consultation and traffic management measures (SGC)

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Officials recommend go-ahead for Shellmor Avenue closure

Posted on Friday 14th September 2012 at 10:21 am by SH (Editor)

Notice advertising a proposed left-turn ban into Shellmor Avenue.

Officials at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) have recommended that a proposed scheme to ban traffic from making a left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from the A38 Gloucester Road should be implemented, despite 93 residents signing a petition against it.

The recommendation is contained in a report prepared in advance of next Wednesday meeting of SGC’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, at which District Councillors will be asked to choose between going ahead with the proposed scheme or abandoning it.

An initial public consultation into five alternative proposals aimed at reducing the volume of traffic using Shellmor Avenue was held in October and November last year. It showed a majority were in favour of prohibiting the left-turn from the A38 but only by a small margin and with less than 50% support.

The Council chose to take the favoured scheme forward to the legal advertisement phase, which necessitated a further public consultation held from 4th-28th April 2012.

Results now published show that 115 comments were received during the second consultation, including one that incorporated a 93-signature petition that had also been presented to an SGC Highways Engineer at the April meeting of the Patchway Safer and Stronger Community Group. A total of 76 respondents said they were in favour of the left turn ban with 39 against.

Common themes amongst the objections, which are summarised in the report, are a fear that traffic on Stoke Lane will increase and concerns over road safety at the junction of Shellmor Avenue and Stoke Lane.

In an unusual move, Patchway Town Council conducted its own consultation after the one run by SGC had finished. This was done through a public meeting at the Amberley Road Baptist Church on 30th May, at which 75 of the 119 votes cast (one per household) were in favour of the left turn ban.

More: Town Council requests review of traffic on Stoke Lane »

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Residents submit petition against Shellmor Avenue traffic scheme

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2012 at 3:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Notice advertising a proposed left-turn ban into Shellmor Avenue.

A 93-signature petition opposing the proposed implementation of a scheme that would see traffic banned from turning left of the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue has been handed to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC)

The move comes just a week before the end of a public consultation on the traffic regulation order for the £15,000 scheme, and follows an earlier consultation where residents were asked to choose between five alternative proposals, ranging from completely blocking off Shellmor Avenue at its junction with Gloucester Road to doing nothing.

The petition was handed to SGC Highway Engineer Mark Parry at last week’s meeting of the Patchway Safer and Stronger Community Group, where several residents of Stoke Lodge voiced their concerns about the effect the scheme could have on other roads in the area, particularly Stoke Lane.

Opponents of the scheme complained that earlier consultations by Stoke Lodge ward Councillors had been restricted to residents of Shellmor Avenue.

Stoke Lane will have to bear the brunt of the extra traffic that previously accessed Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road and increased congestion will occur at the Stoke Lodge mini-roundabout if the scheme is implemented, claim the objectors.

More: Town Council might arrange residents’ consultation meeting »

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Second consultation on Shellmor Avenue traffic proposals

Posted on Sunday 29th January 2012 at 5:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed ban on left turn into Shellmor Avenue, Patchway

South Gloucestershire Council has started a second consultation on traffic management measures proposed to be implemented in Shellmor Avenue, Stoke Lodge.

The Council ran its first consultation in October/November 2011, when local residents were asked to decide which of five proposals they preferred – ranging from completely blocking of Shellmor Avenue at its junction with the A38 Gloucester Road to doing nothing.

The most popular option, announced at the Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting on Tuesday 29th November, turned out to be ‘option 1’ – which involves prohibiting the left turn off Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue but still permitting traffic to turn out onto the main road.

The project was duly awarded £15k of funding by the Area Forum, to also include “investigation works to improve the Stoke Lane/Shellmor Avenue junction to improve the access”.

The latest consultation, bizarrely presented as “a consultation on consultation results”, gives residents a further chance to comment on the ‘option 1’ proposals.

More: ‘Option 1’ was not a clear winner, figures reveal »

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