South Gloucestershire Council to lower speed limits on Cotswold Road, Kennedy Way and Badminton Road in Chipping Sodbury
SPEED limits on a busy road with a high accident rate which stretches from Yate to Old Sodbury could be lowered following calls by worried residents.
South Gloucestershire Council says it is urgently considering lowering the limit following a campaign from concerned local and figures which show three people have died on the conjoining roads of Kennedy Way in Yate, Cotswold Road in Chipping Sodbury and Badminton Road in Old Sodbury, in the last four years.
The fatalities included 39-year-old John Ferguson, who died while crossing the A432 where Kennedy Way meets Cotswold Road outside Chipping Sodbury School, in July 2012 and former hotelier David Warren, 65, who died crossing Badminton Road in November 2010.
In a statement of reasons for the change, the council said: “The purpose of the scheme is to reduce the severity and number of accidents on the A432 from its junction with the B4059 Link Road (in Yate) to its junction with Commonmead Lane (in Old Sodbury).
“From January 2009 to the end of November 2012 there have been 14 reported personal injury accidents on this length of the A432 Kennedy Way/Cotswold Road/Badminton Road, three of which were fatal.
“Due to the number of accidents on the roads, the change of the speed limit has been prioritised.”
If it goes ahead, the change would see the current 50mph on Kennedy Way and Cotswold Road lowered to 40mph and the existing 50mph from outside The Bell Inn changed to a blanket 40mph through Old Sodbury up to the Cross Hands junction on the A46. The current 30mph limit at the Smart’s Green roundabout and up to The Bell would remain unchanged.
Bell Inn owner Greg Gale said the 40mph limit would be welcomed but enforcement of the 30mph was paramount.
“Most of the pedestrian traffic is up to The Bell as there is a residential street there,” he said. “The hardest part is trying to get drivers to slow down as they come off the dual carriageway and fly round the roundabout.
“ I am in favour of putting a pedestrian crossing outside Sodbury Caravans to slow traffic down.”
Under the proposals, two lanes on the eastbound carriageway of Cotswold Road and Kennedy Way would also be reduced to one, in line with the westbound side where two lanes were scrapped in 2007.
There would also be a new dedicated cycle lane, high friction surfacing and the introduction of a parking bay for a mobile speed enforcement car near the Cotswold Road junction with Hounds Road.
Keep Sodbury Safer action group and The Elms Neighbourhood Watch group, which has campaigned for a reduction in the Cotswold Road limit, has launched a new speedwatch programme and will be operating in the area. Anyone wishing to join should call John Pearce on 07843 871387.
To have a say on the speed limit proposals email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/consultations by October 17.
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