Changes for road closure schemes near Winterbourne Down

November 29 2019
Changes for road closure schemes near Winterbourne Down

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council is planning to make permanent two road closures near Winterbourne Down aimed at stopping rat-running - but another 'experimental' closure is being lifted.

The permanent restrictions are planned in Cuckoo Lane and Old Bromley Heath Road in Winterbourne, which will be closed to all through traffic with the exception of motorbikes north of the A4174.

On Old Bromley Heath Road and Cuckoo Lane residents will have key holders to give them access via the gates and bollards which will be installed.

The restrictions are part of a programme of experimental traffic orders was started in the area back in April 2018 to prohibit cars from using various minor roads for environmental reasons, and to direct traffic onto major routes at peak times. The y are revisions to help South Gloucestershire Council to decide where permanent changes can be made in future.

But two other closure schemes have now been abandoned.

The council has said it is removing a restriction at Bury Hill, near Down Road, "as soon as feasible", as the closure and another at Ruffet Road and Coalsack Lane in Coalpit Heath had proved to be "too restrictive".

The revised restrictions are intended to give businesses and residents better access in the Moorend and Bury Hill areas without providing open access to motorists looking for rat runs to use during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

Anyone who wants to comment on the new plans has until April 30 next year to do so. Copies are available on the council’s consultations page, at Winterbourne library and Yate’s One Stop Shop.

Comments can be made online on the council's consultations pages for Cuckoo Lane  and Old Bromley Heath Road 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.

Picture: Restrictions on Bromley Heath Road (1) and Cuckoo Lane (2) are being made permanent, with adjustments, but are being removed from Bury Hill near Down Road (3).