Queen Charlton rat run ban delayed again

Work to close off Queen Charlton Lane to through traffic had been due for completion by today but the route remains open if motorists ignore the road closure signs.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s six-month trial ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’ scheme had been due to start on 17th November but was delayed until this week.

Although signs are in place as are some temporary barriers, work to install planters and bollards remains unfinished.

Queen Charlton Lane has traditionally been heavily used by through traffic in the morning and afternoon peaks, with drivers using the route to ‘queue jump’ the traffic at the Woollard Lane/A37 junction at Whitchurch Village.

The ban means that commuter traffic using Queen Charlton Lane as a short cut between Keynsham and Bristol will be diverted instead along Charlton Road and Woollard Lane.

The aim is to ensure this narrow, rural lane is a safe environment for those walking, cycling and horse riding without restricting vehicle access to homes, businesses and farmland.

The scheme involves two sets of droppable bollards and temporary wooden planters, one just after Furthermead Farm (coming from the A37/Whitchurch Village), the other after Dapwell Lane coming from Queen Charlton.