Calls for new lower speed limit in Chipping Sodbury to be made clearer

January 31 2016

CONCERNS have been raised that a new 20mph speed limit in the centre of Chipping Sodbury is not obvious to drivers.

CONCERNS have been raised that a new 20mph speed limit in the centre of Chipping Sodbury is not obvious to drivers.
The scheme was made possible by the Section 106 funding related to the new Waitrose store and Barnhill Development and much of the new road safety improvements have yet to be implemented.
Sodbury Town Council, which has supported having a lower speed limit since 2005, said: “Although the scheme is not yet complete, we look forward to the positive impact it will have on safety in the town.”
But hotelier Duncan MacArthur, of the Moda House, claimed there were insufficient signs indicating the restriction and said more could be done to let drivers know of the change.
He said: “Enforcement is necessary as without it drivers will continue to disregard the new limit.”
The package of road safety steps also includes a new pedestrian crossing on Wickwar Road, close to the junction with the town’s High Street.
A raised platform will also be installed between Moda House and the Horseshoe pub to remind drivers of the lower speed limit and to give pedestrians a safer crossing point.
Other changes include removing a parking space next to Howell’s butchers to allow a bus stop to be built out, the aim being to improve pedestrian safety.
But Mr MacArthur said: “While there is a focus on road safety, some concern exists over the lack of adequate parking spaces available.
“The key issue affecting the town remains the absence of adequate parking and removing parking spaces frustrates the situation for local retail traders.”