Traffic battles continue in St George

 

Campaigners Phyllis and Vernon McVeigh: they say traffic coming along The Avenue will not be able to continue into Beaufort Road beyond where they are standing

Campaigners Phyllis and Vernon McVeigh: they say traffic coming along The Avenue will not be able to continue into Beaufort Road beyond where they are standing

Campaigners in St George are reeling after learning that a decision not to press ahead with a controversial one-way scheme for Crews Hole Road may be overturned.

Meanwhile they are fighting plans to make parts of Beaufort Road one-way which they say will lead to serious access issues for local residents.

Following consideration of comments received from the public, a decision was made at the 10th December meeting of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, on which four councillors sit, that one-way restrictions proposed for Conham Road and Crews Hole Road would be omitted and further options considered, while an experimental traffic scheme would go ahead to include a one-way restriction on parts of Beaufort Road.

But the council is saying that although the one-way proposals for Conham Road and Crews Hole Road are not being progressed at this time, these proposals have not been scrapped altogether. The road forms part of a wider network of routes associated with the Enterprise Zone and a recreational route in Bristol that requires improvements, and the city council says it is considering all possible options.

Any feasible options, along with the deferred existing one-way proposal, will be presented to the Neighbourhood Partnership’s traffic and transport sub-group for comments in due course. But any revised scheme will not be funded by money under the control of the Neighbourhood Partnership – so the Partnership will not be making the final decision.

The money devolved to the Neighbourhood Partnership is now to be spent on the experimental scheme for Beaufort Road and in providing traffic calming measures aimed at reducing accidents in the vicinity of Butlers Close/Crews Hole Road. This will also help pedestrians crossing Crews Hole Road on route to the local nursery. Both Crews Hole Road and Beaufort Road are likely to become 20mph roads.

The latest draft proposals for Crews Hole traffic calming and a partial one-way scheme for Beaufort Road went on display at St George Library at the weekend.

The Beaufort Road scheme has been revised, with no access proposed from The Avenue onto Beaufort Road.

Objectors say the scheme, which involves one-way plugs in Beaufort Road at various points, will force people to use the already heavily congested Church Road and Troopers Hill.

They say it will not solve any of the problems that have been raised by residents but will cause “unacceptable additional problems of increased congestion and pollution in the area and serious access issues for many people.

Campaigners, who have already stated that they have absolutely no faith in the council’s democratic process, are now planning to write to Mayor George Ferguson with their concerns.