Local councillors have welcomed new signs to deter confused HGVs from turning round in a residential street in Kingswood.
HGV traffic leaving the businesses on either side of Bridge Road in Kingswood regularly turn out onto Bridge Road only to find that they are unable to travel up the narrow Manor Road towards Mangotsfield because of a 7.5 tonne weight limit.
In order to turnaround and head towards Station Road, the HGVs then reverse into Fairlyn Drive – something councillors and local people say represents a road safety hazard for residents.
South Gloucestershire Conservative councillors for Rodway ward Adrian Millward, Kevin Seager and Carol McCarthy have been pushing for action to make the correct route clear to HGV drivers. They said:
“Fairlyn Drive residents are concerned at the number of times a day they see HGVs reversing into what is a narrow residential street because they have taken a wrong turn out onto Bridge Road and realised that the weight limit prevents them from going up Manor Road.”
“We have taken these concerns up directly with the council’s executive member for transport, Brian Allinson, and we are pleased that these signs have now been installed.”
“We hope that the correct route will now be much clearer to HGV drivers exiting onto Bridge Road and we will be monitoring the effectiveness of this scheme closely.”
“The HGV drivers need to ignore their satnavs and take notice of the new signage that we have had the council install to protect residents.”
Source: Conservative Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council