Traffic calming is hailed a success

December 05 2016

A TRAFFIC calming scheme which has replaced hazardous chicanes in Barrs Court has been hailed a success.

A TRAFFIC calming scheme which has replaced hazardous chicanes in Barrs Court has been hailed a success.

The dangerous combination of long straight roads, chicanes, and steady streams of commuter traffic through Craven Way have brought misery to the community for a years.

Councillors Nick Barrett and Kay Barrett, who represent Parkwall, Cadbury Heath, and Barrs Court, had campaigned on behalf of residents, asking South Gloucestershire Council to remove the chicanes and replace them with speed tables.

Their wish was granted and work to install six speed tables was completed in September. Now the councillors say average speeds along Craven Way have dropped by 20 per cent, with some approaches to the road seeing reductions of more than 10mph.

Nick Barrett said the evidence shows people were speeding through the chicanes but think twice about doing the same now.

 "After a long campaign it’s great to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The chicanes were causing long tailbacks, and drivers careering into them have ended up in people’s front gardens before, feet away from where residents are sat in their living rooms."

Mr Barrett said traffic is now moving more freely putting an end to tailbacks and frustrated drivers.

"The speed tables keep speeds down, but free up the traffic so it can move," he said. "We have even been able to install a new place to cross at the Tower Road end of Craven Way, which has been a huge help to local people with disabilities and small children. ”