Bradley Stoke councillors have welcomed funding for an improved pedestrian crossing aimed at promoting walking to school in the town.
£20,000 has been allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum to install a raised speed table across Brook Way between Wheatfield Drive and Courtlands Road, as part of the Wheatfield Primary School travel plan.
As part of the Bradley Stoke Urban Safety Project in the periods 2000-2002, Brook Way was traffic calmed primarily with speed cushions, but residents have repeatedly questioned their effectiveness since they were installed by the then-Liberal Democrat controlled council.
Conservative councillors for Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Brian Hopkinson and Sarah Pomfret, have welcomed the funding for the crossing. They said:
“We welcome this much-needed funding for a crossing because it will make it safer for Wheatfield school pupils and other pedestrians to cross Brook Way.
Many residents tell us that the Liberal Democrat speed humps have not made it safer to cross this busy road and so they will no doubt be just as pleased as we are that a raised speed table crossing is to be installed.
Anything we can do to encourage more walking to school is positive because not only is it promoting healthier lifestyles, but it is also reducing the number of cars used in the school run, which can often cause problems at the beginning and end of the school day.”
Work to install the crossing will take place during the 2010/11 financial year.
Other transport schemes agreed by the Southern Brooks Area Forum include waiting restrictions outside Charborough Road Primary School in Filton, dropped kerbs in Tetbury Close in Stoke Gifford and dropped kerbs in Shellard Road in Filton.
Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council