Ring road proposal sparks concerns
A £6.9 MILLION revamp of a roundabout on the Avon Ring road will see drivers needing to go left if they want to turn right.
Plans to remodel the roundabout at the Tower Lane/Wraxall Road junction, between Kingswood and Cadbury Heath, are out for public consultation until March 29.
But the public has only one option to comment on, as alternative schemes for the junction have already been ruled out.
The roundabout, used by thousands of vehicles every day, is one of only two junctions on the A4174 which does not currently have traffic lights. The other is the Dramway Roundabout junction with the B4465 at Shortwood.
Under the South Gloucestershire Council plans, backed by the West of England Combined Authority and aimed at reducing jams, through ring road traffic would no longer go around the roundabout but would drive through the middle in three lanes, controlled by two sets of traffic lights.
Drivers on the ring road who want to turn right at the roundabout will have to go into the left hand lane and pass through two sets of traffic lights.
The council envisages four phases of lights will be needed for all traffic to use the new junction, which aims to tackle what council leader Toby Savage has described as a “significant bottleneck”.
But Labour’s Pippa Gibbs and Barry West have criticised the decision not to provide any other options for the junction, describing the consultation as a “rubber stamping exercise” or the council’s preferred scheme.
A council spokesman said three other options for the junction – making it a traffic-light controlled crossroads or adding lights to some or all of the entrances to the existing roudabout – were rejected as they “were less effective in reducing congestion and delays at the junction or in meeting the wider objectives of an improvement scheme”.
To respond to the consultation, visit bit.ly/2HrW35e online.