New call for action on speeding

November 28 2018
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A PETITION has been launched to tackle speeding on a main road in Lyde Green after average speeds were found to be 14mph over the limit.

South Gloucestershire councillor Rachael Hunt is calling for well-researched and safety-audited improvements to be made to bring down speeds on Willowherb Road, which has a 20mph limit.

Despite speed calming measures such as raised tables being installed on the road, a speed check next to School Square found drivers’ average speed to be 34mph – 70 per cent above the limit.

Councillor Hunt, who represents the Emersons Green ward, and residents have also spoken to the companies based in the industrial units on nearby Vertex Park, in order to reduce issues with traffic using the road to access businesses.

As Willowherb Road has not yet been adopted by the council, Councillor Hunt’s understanding is that the responsibility for the upgrades currently lies with the Gardiner-Theobold Consortium of Lyde Green developers.

Commenting on the petition on her Facebook page, Councillor Hunt said: “Local residents and I first raised this issue in late 2017 and assurances have been given that plans are being drawn up but, a year later and with the nights drawing in again, concerns continue to increase.

“The primary school and community centre both front onto Willowherb Road, with many pedestrians, including many children and older people using the road daily.

“Please sign the petition to state your support for speed calming measures to be installed to make this road safe for local residents.”

Concerns with speeds along Jenner Boulevard have also been raised by residents.

Councillor Hunt’s petition seeks to prioritise improvements to Willowherb Road due to the proximity of the facilities off School Square, but she says that work to ease concerns on Jenner Boulevard will also continue.

As the Voice went to print the petition was about halfway to its target of 500 signatures.

To view and sign the petition, visit bit.ly/2Q47BQ7