Have your say on road safety moves

February 26 2020

Councillors Judy Adams, Colin Hunt and Rachael Hunt

Councillors Judy Adams, Colin Hunt and Rachael Hunt

PEOPLE living in Emersons Green are being encouraged to have their say on two road safety schemes.
One will see speed tables – extended versions of speed bumps – installed at the pedestrian and cycle crossing point at the entrance to Emersons Green Retail Centre, next to the Emerson Way roundabout.
The other will see chicanes on Church Farm Road and Johnson Road, including two with one-way priority signs, removed and replaced by speed tables.
Both have been opened to consultation by South Gloucestershire Council.
Emersons Green ward councillors Rachael Hunt, Colin Hunt and Judy Adams are calling on residents to have their say on the changes at the retail centre, which they say will improve visibility and reduce vehicle speeds around the centre’s southern entrance, by the Sainsbury’s petrol station.
As well as speed tables in each direction, the work would also convert the existing segregated pedestrian and cycle paths into a shared use path and involve cutting back vegetation.
Rachael Hunt said: “I am delighted that this consultation is taking place. As a new mum, I find myself much more aware of road safety when I am out pushing a pram and much more cautious when crossing the road, even on established crossings.
“This crossing is so close to the roundabout and poses a major hazard to someone crossing over as cars tend to turn in quickly. By taking this additional precaution now, we could save a potentially disastrous accident later on.”
Colin Hunt added: “At the moment the shared use paths are not up to standard, and not only will these plans give increased safety and better access, they will ensure the existing pedestrian and cycling facilities are fit for purpose.”
The council says it is replacing the chicanes, which it calls “priority narrowings”, on Church Farm Road and Johnson Road to make it easier for buses to travel on the roads and to “reduce conflict” between drivers.
The chicanes on Church Farm Road by the junctions with Home Field Close and Sarum Close currently have road signs indicating priority to traffic in one direction. One other chicane on Church Farm Road and two more on Johnson Road will be removed and replaced.
Both consultations can be found on the council’s website at southglos.gov.uk/consultations.
The Church Farm Road/Johnson Road consultation closes on March 4 and can be found at bit.ly/2SxDKQx, while the Emerson Way consultation closes on March 9 and can be found at bit.ly/37Cspmq.
If approved both schemes would be introduced over the next year.