Road closure to be made permanent

November 26 2019

Temporary concrete roadblocks by the Quakers Road junction will be replaced by a widened kerb, bollards and signs.

Temporary concrete roadblocks by the Quakers Road junction will be replaced by a widened kerb, bollards and signs.

A ROAD closure first made during repairs to the Bromley Heath viaduct could be made permanent.
South Gloucestershire Council has launched a consultation on making the closure of the Bromley Heath Road access road between Quakers Road and Bromley Heath Avenue permanent.
People are being given until April next year to have their say on the scheme, which would see the temporary concrete blocks on the road replaced by a widened kerb, metal bollards and a sign prohibiting cars.
The access road, which runs parallel to the main part of Bromley Heath Road, had been used by some drivers to try to avoid queues leading up to the Quakers Road junction traffic lights.
It was first blocked off in 2017, as part of the road works for the viaduct repair project on the nearby Avon Ring Road.
The closure was brought in at the same time as other closures north of the A4174, where the council is also proposing to make permanent closures to all through traffic in Old Bromley Heath Road and Cuckoo Lane, with the exception of motorbikes.
Announcing the new plans on its consultation page the council said: "A new trial is required to test the revised layout and operation of individual closures that are either greater in length and, or allow exemptions for certain users. The revisions now proposed being beyond the powers of variation and time constraints of the original legal order."
The council says other experimental closures on Bury Hill, Ruffet Road and Coalsack Lane have proved "too restrictive to be widely acceptable" and are no longer being pursued, adding that a physical restriction on Bury Hill, by the Down Road junction near Winterbourne Down, will be removed "as soon as it is practical to do so".
Anyone who wants to comment on the new plans has until April 30 next year to do so.
Comments can be made online on the council's consultations page or by writing to John McCormack, Head of Legal, Governance and Democratic Services, Chief Executive & Corporate Resources, PO Box 1953, Bristol BS37 0DB.
Questions on the plans can be sent to transportservices@southglos.gov.uk or asked by calling 01454 868004.