A 'tragedy waiting to happen'

January 25 2021

People living near a junction where out-of-control vehicles have hit several cars are calling for changes.

People living near a junction where out-of-control vehicles have hit several cars are calling for changes.

PEOPLE living by a junction blighted by accidents are calling for changes to be made before someone is killed.
Residents of Westbourne Road in Downend say out-of-control vehicles which plunge down Boscombe Crescent have wrecked cars but could easily kill another motorist, pedestrian or even someone in their home.
Neighbours living by the junction are calling for Boscombe Crescent to be made one-way, uphill only, and for physical measures to prevent accidents.
Qaiser Mehmood has had two cars parked outside his home written off in the space of six months by cars coming down the hill.
The most recent accident happened in December, when his family were about to get in to their car.
Qaiser said: "I was at the front door and my family were coming out – if we had left our house one or two minutes earlier we would have been in the car when it was hit."
The other accident happened when the family was at home.
He said: "If there was no car parked outside it would have come directly into my front room, where my kids were watching TV.
"It's so dangerous. I don't want to let my kids outside to play in the front garden."
Qaiser said the accidents had left him £3,000 out of pocket due to the difference between what he paid for the cars and what the insurance company paid him – including £2,000 on his most recent car, which was hit by a vehicle whose handbrake had failed when it was parked facing downhill.
A car belonging to neighbour Brian Adams was written off when it was hit by a vehicle that lost control coming down the hill during wintry weather.
He says the problem is worse in winter because the council does not grit either road, as they are not main roads.
But Westbourne Road is on the 48 bus route and Brian said Boscombe Crescent was used by parents and children, including many pedestrians, going to Downend School.
Brian said: "There are coaches going down from the school – I dread to think what would happen if the brakes went on one. It's a very dangerous junction. It's a fatality waiting to happen."
Sayed Shah has lived in Westbourne Road for 15 years and says there has been an increase in traffic and accidents in the last five.
He has lost one car that  was hit while parked outside his house and is waiting for permission to install a dropped kerb to park his car off the road.
He said: "How long is this going to go on? You can't have a good car, a brand new car, living here.
"There needs to be a permanent solution."
Sayed said that if Boscombe Crescent became one-way the entrance to the road could be made smaller.
The residents have contacted South Gloucestershire Council and Emersons Green ward councillor Rachael Hunt to call for action.
But they have been told a one-way system could cause new problems.
Cllr Hunt said: “Ensuring our local roads remain safe is an important priority for my fellow councillors and I, and I appreciate residents raising their concerns with us.
"It is important that we find solutions which do not cause knock-on effects for other residents living nearby and, having discussed the matter with council officers, I have asked them to investigate what potential solutions there could be to this issue.”
A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “A 20mph speed limit was put in place in this area in 2016 and our records show that there have been no recorded injury accidents in the last 20 years at the junction of Boscombe Crescent with Westbourne Road, nor any along Boscombe Crescent east of Bowden
Place.
"Making the road one-way could also result in a range of further issues for local residents, including encouraging an increase in traffic speeds, as well as increased congestion and rat-running through Lytchet Drive and Lulworth Crescent.
"However, following the matter being raised by local members, with a request to improve road visibility in the area, the roads are set to be included in the next waiting restrictions review that the council will be undertaking, with a consideration for the installation of appropriate speed calming measures."
The spokesperson encouraged people to use the 'Requesting traffic management and road safety improvements' page on the council's website, southglos.gov.uk, to make suggestions.