South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced that a range of new measures are to be introduced to improve road safety on Bradley Stoke Way, in the vicinity of the Willow Brook Centre.
The news follows two serious accidents on this stretch of road this year alone, both of which involved children who were using informal crossing points between Savages Wood and the shopping centre.
A public petition for improved road safety measures launched after the most recent incident attracted 2,600 signatures in just six days after it was officially launched by concerned parents and residents on 15th September.
The planned improvements announced today include extending the existing 30mph speed limit zone and constructing a new light-controlled pedestrian crossing.
SGC officers and executive member for planning and transport Brian Allinson met with representatives from local schools on Tuesday 18th October to discuss concerns about road safety at the location and consider options for improvements.
The meeting heard that following the recent serious injury accident on Bradley Stoke Way in September, the council had implemented a number of measures to tackle traffic speed, including introducing additional road signs and markings and requesting police mobile speed enforcement.
Cllr Allinson also announced that a programme of work has now been drawn up to extend the area covered by the existing 30mph speed limit and to change two existing dropped kerb crossing points into one new light-controlled pedestrian crossing.
An SGC press release explains that the developments have been made possible through the availability of ‘Section 106’ funding from development in the Bradley Stoke area, and are being brought forward as part of planned improvements on Bradley Stoke Way through the North Fringe to Hengrove Package major transport scheme bid.
Consideration is also being given to erecting additional railings at the site in order to take an existing drop kerb crossing point out of use, and to introducing permanent speed reminder warning signs either side of the proposed new light-controlled crossing.
Cllr Allinson said:
“South Gloucestershire Council takes road safety extremely seriously and we are very concerned about the recent accidents on Bradley Stoke Way.”
“I am very grateful to local schools for the opportunity to meet with them and discuss their concerns about road safety at this location.”
“Council officers have now prepared an outline programme of work for permanent measures to tackle road safety on this stretch of road and I understand that, provided no objections are raised during consultation, work will be able to commence on site from March 2012.”
The Council’s proposals are due to be discussed at the next meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Communities Group on Tuesday 1st November at the Baileys Court Activity Centre (7pm start), where Mark King, SGC’s Head of Streetcare, will give a presentation.
The minutes of the 18th October meeting reveal that the Council also plans to extended the 30mph speed limit to include the existing toucan (light-controlled) crossing south of the Savages Wood Roundabout (between Snowberry Close and Champs Sur Marne).
More info: Plan of “reactive safety measures” already in place on Bradley Stoke Way [PDF, 459kB]
Footnote: Section 106 agreements are legal agreements between a planning authority and a developer to ensure that certain works related to a development are undertaken – for example, to provide a community meeting space, open spaces or play area and equipment.
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