Managers at the Willow Brook Centre say they are continuing to “refine and improve” traffic calming measures with the ongoing objective of reducing the speed of vehicles entering and leaving the site, thereby “improving the safety of customers who visit the Centre”.
The shopping centre announced its intention to implement measures to “help drivers obey the speed limits” last September and eight sets of speed cushions were duly installed in November.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the Centre confirms that three sets of the speed cushions were removed on Tuesday this week (21st February), “in order to aid traffic flow”, adding that the adjustments have been made in response to customer feedback.
Today’s statement also confirms a comment attributed to Centre Manager Scott Lahive in a recent Evening Post article that there have been 50 recorded incidents and near misses in the area since the development opened in October 2008.
Other measures that have been introduced at the Centre to reduce speed and increase safety include fencing, additional signage and hazard markings.
Andy Oram, Operations Manager at the Willow Brook Centre said:
“In addition to the incidents on site, there have also been three major accidents outside the centre resulting in children being injured. We are appealing to the local community to reduce their speed not only in and around the centre, but across Bradley Stoke.”
“Here at the Willow Brook Centre we will continue to monitor safety and speed on a daily basis.”
Plans are said to be in place to upgrade the main pedestrian crossing at the Centre, which has been the subject of criticism from Journal readers on account of worn-out road markings and defective Belisha beacons.
Footnote: Today’s statement doesn’t mention that an additional speed cushion has been installed in the lay-by on the approach road into the Centre, which some drivers had been using to avoid one set of humps.
Photo (taken prior to this week’s tweaks): Speed cushions on the access road into the Willow Brook Centre.
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