Hambrook lights: chance to have a say

August 27 2019

PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on changes to the Hambrook traffic lights.

South Gloucestershire Council has been told to cut levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide at the junction of the A4174 Avon Ring Road and the B4058 Bristol Road, which are above the legal air pollution limit.
Under powers known as an experimental traffic order, it has stopped vehicles coming from the Bromley Heath roundabout from turning right towards Winterbourne and made access from Frenchay left-turn only, banning traffic from right turns or going straight ahead.
Comments can be made at bit.ly/2KIeO58 between now and February 11 next year. Anyone not online should call 01454 863503.
Winterbourne Parish council’s Frenchay ward councillors – Adrian Collins, Paul Kembery, Charlie Watkins and Hugh Whatley – said the impact the changes would have on Frenchay and the surrounding area would only become clear after the school holidays, when peak-time traffic increased to its usual level, but similar changes during the Bromley Heath viaduct works, which finished last year, caused gridlock on some days and added up to 30 minutes to journey times.
In a joint statement the councillors said: "This stationary traffic causes added pollution and somewhat defeats South Glos Council’s implementation of the scheme to reduce vehicle emissions at the ring road." They also said parents had concerns that the school bus to the Winterbourne Academy would be made continually late and collection times might need to be made earlier.
The councillors added: "We need the junction to be redesigned, which we've asked South Glos Council to do on numerous occasions.”