Traffic: it’s time for joined-up thinking
A BAN on some turns at the Hambrook traffic lights has almost halved journey times for drivers on the Avon Ring Road, according to South Gloucestershire Council.
But the restrictions are making school buses late and increasing congestion and pollution in Frenchay, say parish councillors.
Bans on traffic from Frenchay and Bromley Heath accessing the B4058 Bristol Road towards Winterbourne at the junction were introduced in August, in a bid to cut the amount of toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from stationary traffic. South Gloucestershire Council was ordered to take action by the government as pollution levels were above legal limits.
The council has been monitoring journey times around the lights as an indication of the likelihood of NO2 reductions.
A spokesman said: "Initial results indicate we are almost halving morning peak journey times between Wick Wick and the M32 compared to this time last year, however it is too early to draw firm conclusions.”
Winterbourne parish councillors Adrian Collins, Paul Kembery, Charlie Watkins and Hugh Whatley said pollution and congestion was worse.
The return of school traffic had been compounded by road works at Abbey Wood.
They said: "The whole point of the temporary traffic measure is to reduce CO2/NOx emissions and this is making matters worse. These pressure points really need joined-up thinking to try and help the situation long term – the junction from Frenchay needs a redesign and yellow hatched areas implemented to help keep traffic flowing."