COMMENT: Parking bays benefit a few but endanger many in Chipping Sodbury
ANY accident between a car and a lorry is likely to be horrific.
And the one in Chipping Sodbury on Tuesday afternoon was particularly upsetting according to those on the scene shortly afterwards.
But the real horror of the crash on Bowling Hill was the notion that it could have been prevented.
We don’t know the exact facts of the events leading up to the accident which have left a man with life-changing injuries yet, that is for the police collision investigators to determine. But many people from Yate and Chipping Sodbury are already raising questions as to why parking bays outside South Gloucestershire Council’s former offices at Riverside Court were ever put in place, least of all remain there.
The bays effectively turn the hilly road into a three-lane carriageway. This would be perfectly acceptable were there room for three vehicles to pass one another safely and although cars may be able to fit through without much problem, bringing buses, large vans and especially HGVs into the mix is a completely different story.
With several factories along the road and Bowling Hill Business Park a stone’s throw away, it is hardly unlikely that such larger vehicles will be passing.
And as the main route between the inextricably linked towns of Yate and Chipping Sodbury, it is fair to say the road is a busy one used by hundreds of residents, employees and delivery drivers daily.
Why then, for the purposes of providing a few people the luxury of a parking spot, should so many others’ lives be put in danger?
There are plenty of alternative spaces in Chipping Sodbury High Street or free car parks on Wickwar Road and the overflow car park at Yate Shopping Centre.
Scrap the parking bays on this stretch of road – the risk is too high for too many.
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