Pedestrian crossing mistake leads to more road closures in Chipping Sodbury
A BRAND new pedestrian crossing unveiled in Chipping Sodbury last week is to be rebuilt after mistakes were made during construction.
The raised crossing across Wickwar Road, which links the town’s car park with a pathway to the St John’s Way housing estates, was not built to specification by South Gloucestershire Council and after just days in use, work has started today reconfiguring the crossing.
The work means Wickwar Road, which provides access to the town’s free car park, will be shut to all traffic.
Notice had been given to Sodbury Town Council that the road would be closed for five days, sparking fears that it would affect Saturday's Festival of Food, which is expected to attract thousands of people to the town.
Organiser and chairman of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Mark Lloyd said: “Presumably we are going to have lots of people coming in so it would have been a problem if they nowhere to park."
He added: “At the moment there are just two temporary ramp signs there.
"I know it is meant to slow people down but if they leave it as it is someone is going to have a serious problem. I don’t know how the council could mess something up like that.”
The road had already been closed for two weeks to allow for the installation of the crossing, which is part of the new Waitrose store development on Barnhill Quarry. That closure came at the same as Hatters Lane, the only other road which links the High Street with St John’s Way, was shut to traffic for electrical repairs.
Shopowners said they are despairing at the latest closure after two weeks of slow trade.
Alice Hobbs, who owns Swagger gift shop on the corner of Wickwar Road, said: “The closure definitely had an effect, those who did come in were annoyed they couldn’t find anywhere to park and by the second week many people just avoided Chipping Sodbury altogether. Even my staff found it difficult to park .
“When I found out about this next closure my heart sank. We need a good week this week and with the food festival we should get it.”
She said people were not against the Waitrose development but the road closures had been excessive.
“We could cope once but this is the third time and we haven’t even received any notice about any of the closures,” she said. “The only reason I knew was through Facebook and a notice outside the Spar.”
A council spokesman said: "Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this work is taking longer than expected, however, we anticipate that it will be completed by the end of the week."
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