Temporary ban on parking to stop pavement drivers

September 30 2020

A TEMPORARY ban on parking is being introduced to try to stop motorists driving on the pavement at a bottleneck junction.
Residents of Teewell Hill have reported increasing incidents of cars, vans, minibuses and lorries mounting the kerb over the past two months. It has coincided with the closure of nearby Signal Road and Charnell Road to through traffic, which has meant more traffic is using the road to turn right on to Broad Street towards Mangotsfield.
Now the Staple Hill police beat team will introduce temporary parking restrictions on a stretch of the road on the approach from Teewell Avenue to the traffic lights, which does not currently have double-yellow lines.
The kerb was set to be coned off on September 22 for a week while police monitor the effect and ask for' feedback.
Faye Galvin, who has twins in reception at the nearby Tynings School, has sent video evidence she and fellow Teewell Hill residents have collected of pavement driving to the police. She said: "Every day I walk my kids to school I'm constantly scared about the traffic. Since the two roads were closed, Teewell Hill is no longer safe for pedestrians. I work from home, so I see impatient lorries and cars mounting the pavements over and over again.
Avon and Somerset police told the Voice they had contacted the owners of one of the lorries caught on video driving on the pavement and the firm was taking the matter up with its driver.
Staple Hill beat manager Neal Scarborough said: "It is clear the road is not wide enough to accommodate parked vehicles while allowing for traffic to pass in both directions, leading to motorists, wrongly, mounting the pavement on occasions to get through.We are working closely with the transport team at South Gloucestershire Council to find a solution to prevent this happening going forward. While that solution is worked on, we intend to trial short-term temporary parking restrictions along the road. "