Kingswood ‘Nürburgring’ junction to be made safe

Local residents living on a steep Kingswood road are being encouraged to have their say on a road safety scheme to tackle speeding motorists.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has begun consulting on the provision of a new footway build out, new white lining and a new dropped kerb crossing point at the junction of Champion Road and Pound Road.

The proposed scheme attempts to address residents’ concerns about the speed of downhill traffic turning left into Champion Road from Pound Road.

The aims of the proposed highway improvement are:

  • to reduce the speed of traffic turning into Champion Road from Pound Road,
  • to improve road safety and improve accessibility for pedestrians who wish to cross Champion Road near the Pound Road junction,
  • to encourage more sustainable means of travel, and
  • to provide elderly and less mobile residents with an enhanced location to cross Champion Road.

Conservative councillors for the Rodway ward, Kevin Seager, Adrian Millward and Carol McCarthy have been pushing for action to address residents’ concerns about speeding motorists, some of whom they have likened to doing a lap of the famous German race track – the Nürburgring.

They said:

“Some drivers tear down Champion Road from Pound Road like their doing a lap of the Nürburgring – it’s scary, particularly for the residents living along these roads.”

“There’s a fear locally that it’s only a matter of time before there’s a serious accident here and we are pleased that the council is attempting to address this issue.”

“We hope that this proposed scheme meets with residents’ approval and so we encourage them to have their say and make their feelings known.”

Subject to consultation until 30th August 2010, the scheme is programmed to be implemented before March 2011.

More info: Chase Area, Champion Road – Road Safety Improvements (SGC)

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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