Safety concerns

May 25 2022

THE death of 16-year-old moped rider Daniel Davies has led to further discussion about the safety of so-called “through-abouts”.

Daniel died on Easter Day in a collision at the controversial new Woodstock junction on the A4174 Avon Ring Road. A 27-year-old car driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Asked on BBC Radio Bristol whether he still thought through-abouts, also known as hamburger roundabouts, were a good idea and what action would be taken to make them safer, Cllr Savage said the fatal accident was incredibly sad and tragic.

“My thoughts are with the family involved and what they’re having to come to terms with,” he said.

He said he could not comment on the incident “but more broadly on through-abouts, while this was the first not only in South Gloucestershire but also the wider region, they have been used in many other parts of the country and they work very well.”

The £6.9million changes to the roundabout at the Wraxall Road junction, were criticised as “dangerous” and a “huge waste of money” when it reopened in October.

Soon afterwards, the local authority paused a bigger, £30million project of upgrades for five other roundabouts on the ring road, including converting three of them into through-abouts, saying it wanted to wait 12 months to evaluate the new Wraxall Road roundabout layout and for people to become familiar with it.

 Conservative councillors in South Gloucestershire are inviting residents to take part in a survey about the roundabouts. Find it at https://tinyurl.com/3tbjnsdv