South Gloucestershire Council to impose 30mph limit on Goose Green Way in Yate
YATE councillors have given a mixed reaction to the installation of a lower speed limit along one of its busiest commuter routes.
A 30mph limit is to be extended along Goose Green Way, a main route out of the town to Bristol, the M5 and large employees in Patchway and Filton, from its junction with Station Road past a toucan crossing.
The current limit is 40mph and South Gloucestershire Council has put forward the lower limit following discussions with police.
In a statement of reasons, the authority said: "Following consultation with the police regarding effective enforcement on Goose Green Way, it was decided to propose an extension of the existing 30mph speed limit north of its junction with Station Road."
The council said the extension of a lower limit would allow the police to enforce speed better and reduce danger to pedestrians using the crossing.
Yate town councillor Mike Drew said: "It seems sensible to me to extend the limit beyond the footpath where people cross.
"I often cross there and waiting for a gap in rush hour can be difficult. For safety reasons the limit may as well go a few extra yards beyond the crossing."
But Cllr Alan Lawrance said the extension of 100 metres was likely to be an ‘awful expense’.
He said: "I am not opposed to this but it will be an awful lot of money and I can’t see the logic of only extending it 100 metres. And what accidents have occurred there?"
Cllr Ian Blair questioned why a 30mph limit was being put in place on the crossing on Goose Green Way but not at the light-controlled crossing at the Brimsham Park turning, at the bottom of Peg Hill.
"What is the rationale for putting this one in but not others?," he said.
However, Cllr Chris Willmore said: "We should be grateful for what we are getting although yes it could be done more effectively."
The proposal has been included in the council’s 2013/14 capital programme and will be implemented subject to any complaints received.
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