Work to install a new raised table pedestrian crossing on Brook Way, close to the mini-roundabout at the junction with Wheatfield Drive, is set to commence on Monday (20th June).
The work to install a 75mm high raised table across the full width of the road and widen the island and footway approaches to the crossing could last until Friday 1st July, according to information published in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) weekly Road Report.
A pair of ‘children going to school’ warning signs will also be installed on Brook Way (near Brackendene and Dewfalls Drive) as part of the scheme.
The Council warns that temporary two-way traffic signals will be used during the installation work.
The crossing upgrade was first proposed following a a campaign by parents of children at Wheatfield Primary School, who had complained of the difficulty of crossing Brook Way at peak hours.
In December 2009, the Southern Brooks Area Forum agreed to meet the £20,000 cost of the work and a public consultation on the proposals followed in October 2010.
Local politicians later squabbled over who should take credit for winning funding for the project, with the Liberal Democrats’ Jon Williams claiming the Tories were trying to “re-write history”, countered by Brian Allinson saying that Cllr Williams’ “pram [was] increasingly lacking toys”.
Work was originally scheduled to start in February 2011 but objections received in a further public consultation, this time on the Statutory Notice, have pushed back the start of the project.
The latest objections, from the Cyclists’ Touring Club and a local resident, have led to a further modification of the scheme in an effort to discourage motorists from overtaking cyclists on the approaches to the crossing.
A further raised table crossing is set to be installed soon in Pear Tree Road, on the site of the existing zebra crossing near to Holy Trinity Church and Primary School.
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