Speed humps bid for North Street

June 22 2022

The 20mph section of North Street will be changed to a '20mph Zone' with speed humps if the plans go ahead

 The 20mph section of North Street will be changed to a '20mph Zone' with speed humps if the plans go ahead

THE main road linking Staple Hill and Downend will get speed humps to enforce its 20mph limit if a new scheme goes ahead.

South Gloucestershire Council is asking people for their views on plans to install four sets of speed "cushions" on North Street to cut traffic speed and accidents.

A consultation has opened on the council's website and people are being urged to have their say on the plans, which also include painting large 20mph reminders in roundels on the road.

Explaining the reasoning behind the scheme, the council said: "South Gloucestershire Council recently received concerns about the current average speed of vehicles on North Street and the number of accidents that have occurred.

"In the last five years, five injury accidents have been reported.

"Due to this and the close proximity of Christ Church Infant School, traffic calming measures have been requested to be put into place in order to reduce the overall speed of vehicles travelling along North Street.

"Further investigation found it would be possible to implement traffic calming measures on North Street to decrease the speed of vehicles and ensure the safety of pedestrians trying to cross North Street."

Two sets of speed cushions would be installed at either end of the 20mph limit, next to the bus stop by Downend Cricket Club's ground and by the junction with Pleasant Road and Hermitage Road.

The other two would be just north of the junction with West Park Road, and between the Downend Park Road and Clarence Road junctions.

They would be pairs of rubber humps, one on each side of the road, which can fit between the wheels of larger vehicles such as buses and ambulances.

A new set of 20mph roundels would be painted near the junction with Christchurch Lane, close to the zebra crossing used by children attending Christ Church Infant School and people visiting the Christchurch Medical Centre.

But the plans do not include changing the zebra crossing to a light-controlled pelican crossing.

A council spokesperson said: "There has been a suggestion to raise the crossing by the medical centre, but we believe the proposed measures will help to resolve the speeding issues over the whole stretch of road."

North Street, which is part of the main A4017 route linking Downend and Kingswood, straddles the boundary of two council wards, Staple Hill & Mangotsfield and Frenchay & Downend.

Frenchay & Downend Ward councillors Liz Brennan, Ben Burton and James Griffiths welcomed the consultation.

They said: "Keeping our local schools safe for children and their families is a top priority for us locally and, having worked with the council to secure funding for this scheme to improve safety for pupils walking to and from school along North Street, we are delighted that residents are being given the chance to have their say on the proposals.

"We would people to ensure their voices are heard."

An online consultation page has been set up at bit.ly/3N9Jh8R.

The council is not organising any exhibitions or drop-in sessions for residents who are not online but says it has sent letters to nearly 300 people living nearby. People can also call 01454 864673 to request a paper copy of the consultation.