Consultation gives people chance to comment on safety schemes for Rodford Way

January 31 2016

MEASURES aimed at reducing accidents along Rodford Way in Yate have been drawn up for consultation.

MEASURES aimed at reducing accidents along Rodford Way in Yate have been drawn up for consultation.
Last year it was reported that funding had been approved for the schemes at the road’s problem areas. Now people are being asked for their views on the ideas suggested.
Rodford Way bisects residential areas south of the town and over the years there have been a number of accidents on the dual carriageway and at junctions along it.
South Gloucestershire Council said the work being proposed was aimed at reducing problems during the school run and to improve road safety, especially for the most vulnerable road users.
It highlighted concerns about cyclists, with three cycle injury accidents happening at the junction of Rodford Way with Shire Way during the three years to 2014 and two further similar incidents at other junctions over the same period.
All cycle accidents at the Shire Way junction involved vehicles turning right out of Shire Way across the paths of westbound cyclists on Rodford Way.
The site is now planned to be the main focus of casualty reduction proposals involving marking out a cycle lane with green surfacing and signage to remind drivers of the dedicated lane.
Dodington parish councillor Paul Hulbert said there had also been many crashes at the Shire Way-Sundridge Park junction because drivers were unsure about who had priority and it was planned to put some “give way” markings in the central crossover areas to make it clearer.
Other proposals include installing a traffic island and introducing a ban on U-turns within the wide junction at Abbotswood, while an advisory 20mph speed limit is planned on approaches to Kelston Close as part of a council policy for lower limits outside schools.
People have until February 5 to make their views known.