Decision could help halt nightmare on ring road

Published on: 02 Dec 2013

A CONTROVERSIAL decision to close a road in Patchway permanently has helped protect plans to improve transport links from Emersons Green.

South Gloucestershire Council voted to keep Highwood Road shut to traffic in spite of the protests of hundreds of people who live nearby.

Members were warned by officers that reopening the road could threaten the £102 million MetroBus project, which aims to link Bristol’s north fringe to the city centre.

Highwood Road has been closed to general traffic since last summer but residents say it has led to increased traffic past their homes. Labour councillors supported their call for it to be reopened but a majority of the council voted for the closure orders.

Speaking after the meeting, councillor Brian Allinson, the Conservative lead member for transport said: “I’m pleased that this Labour threat to the MetroBus rapid transit system has been defeated because the scheme is essential for the transport needs of communities like Bradley Stoke, Downend and Emersons Green who have to put up with traffic congestion on a daily basis.”

Emersons Green Conservative councillor James Hunt said: “By risking MetroBus, Labour councillors have given two fingers to the tens of thousands commuters who have to put up with the daily misery of ring road congestion.”

Highwood Road was previously a major dual carriageway route to The Mall and Cribbs Causeway, but through traffic now uses the new Hayes Way route which opened in 2010 and provides a direct link from the A38 to Cribbs Causeway. It will in future be accessible by buses and taxis only.

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