Crossing and speed limits welcomed for Sodbury streets

September 28 2015

ROAD safety campaigners have welcomed a scheme to bring 20mph zones into Chipping Sodbury, together with a new pedestrian crossing at a busy High Street junction.

ROAD safety campaigners have welcomed a scheme to bring 20mph zones into Chipping Sodbury, together with a new pedestrian crossing at a busy High Street junction.

The crossing will be installed where Wickwar Road meets High Street, while the lower speed limit will cover a number of roads around the central part of the town.

Money for the measures has come from planning agreements linked to the Waitrose store development and new housing on the Barnhill Quarry site.

The funding will also pay for other traffic calming and road safety schemes such as speed tables and waiting restrictions.

But a planned pedestrian refuge at the top end of High Street was removed from the project as a result of an objection from Sodbury Town Council.

Chipping Sodbury councillor Linda Boon said she was sorry to see it left out.

She said: “This is a wide piece of the High Street, with cars parked on both sides, and elderly people can find it hard to cross the entire road without cars appearing, even if the road is clear when they start.”

But welcoming the other measures, she said: “We’ve been working hard for years to get this through. The lower speeds should make the area much safer for residents and a nicer place to live, work, and shop.”

It is hoped to have some of the work completed before the end of this year and all of it done by the end of the current financial year.