The 30mph speed limit on a stretch of Bradley Stoke Way near the Willow Brook Centre has been extended northwards by 260m, so that it covers the approaches to a newly constructed pedestrian crossing.
A new 30mph sign (pictured) has been installed north of the crossing and a sign marking the transition from 30mph to 40mph for northbound traffic placed on the other side of the carriageway.
The new Toucan crossing, which is not yet operational, has been installed as part of a package of safety measures agreed after two young people were seriously injured whilst attempting to cross on this stretch of the road last year.
The plans were formulated after a community-led petition, supported by the Bradley Stoke Journal, was signed by 3,932 people.
Work on the new crossing started in June, several months later than originally promised. The project was delayed in part by a number of objections to the Traffic Regulation Order required to implement the new crossing.
Pedestrian guardrails have been installed along the edge of the carriageway (north of the crossing) and in the central reservation (south of the crossing), to discourage pedestrians and cyclists from crossing the busy road away from the light-controlled crossing.
Yellow bar road markings on the approach to the new 30mph sign have yet to be painted.
There is also no sign yet of the road markings needed to create a new bus lane on the northbound carriageway within the 30mph zone, although posts for the associated signage can be seen near the Savages Wood Roundabout. Once implemented, the new bus lane will reduce the number of lanes available for general traffic from two to one.
The 30mph speed limit is also due to be extended south of the roundabout so that it includes the existing Toucan crossing between Champs Sur Marne and Snowberry Close, although this too is yet to be implemented.
Photo: New Toucan crossing on Bradley Stoke Way, just north of the Willow Brook Centre.
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