Rodford Way schemes planned to cut accidents

March 29 2015

ROAD schemes aimed at cutting accidents at two sites on Rodford Way in Yate should be in place within the next year.

Rodford way junction

ROAD schemes aimed at cutting accidents at two sites on Rodford Way in Yate should be in place within the next year.
The projects, costing a total of £34,200, were approved at a recent meeting of the Frome Vale Area Forum.
One of the blackspots is the offset junction between Rodford Way, Shire Way and Sundridge Park, where a lack of clear priorities confuses drivers.
Dodington parish councillor Paul Hulbert said: “South Gloucestershire Council experts have investigated and found that most of the casualties are cyclists. Drivers are obviously too busy looking out for other cars that they don’t see the cyclists.”
He said the improvement scheme involved having road markings that made it clear who had priority, as well as making cycle lanes more obvious.
Mr Hulbert said: “This expenditure should be good value for money in reducing injuries at the junction.”
The second project involves the Abbotswood junction further down Rodford Way, where a number of near-misses have been reported as drivers perform U-turns in the wide road mouth. It is planned to put an island in the mouth of the road to prevent such manoeuvres.
Councillor Tony Davis, who represents Dodington on South Gloucestershire Council, said: “These U-turns particularly happen during peak times when drivers want to get into Kelston Close, where the schools are.
“So drivers are performing dangerous manoeuvres when there are lots of young families arriving to drop off or pick up their children.
“Now there’s a new housing development planned for Kelston Close as well, so the problem is likely to get worse.”
Dodington parish councillor Gloria Stephen said: “Our parish council and Yate Town Council have been campaigning for a long time to reduce accidents at the various junctions on Rodford Way.
“It’s a fast, busy road right through the area with all the houses and the schools. We’re glad these two schemes have been approved but we shall keep pressing for other problem areas to be tackled when money is available.”
Picture by Ben Campbell: From left, Paul Hulbert, Gloria Stephen and Tony Davis at the three-way junction on Rodford Way.