A4018 Proposals – How to make your views and suggestions known

Darren is calling on Bristol City Council to scrap controversial proposals which would see the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and the cutting off of Henbury and Brentry. Under these proposals, due to the volume of turning restrictions, congestion in Southmead is also likely to be impacted.

You can see Bristol City Council’s full proposals for the A4018 by clicking HERE.

Darren held his own series of briefings on 16th February with over 300 residents.

Darren is planning an additional meeting before the consultation closes on 9th March you can reserve a ticket here. 

The current proposals involve significant restrictions on routes through Westbury-on-Trym village, including turning roads such as Stoke Road into a semi-pedestrianised dead end and reversal of current one-way streets. Under these proposals, only buses, taxis and cyclists would be able to continue along the High Street past the Post Office. These changes would effectively close off much of Westbury on Trym village to cars, having a significant impact on high street businesses and the vibrancy of the village centre.

In addition, proposed changes to the Crow Lane roundabout (to turn it into a traffic light junction with turning restrictions) as well as restricted turns into Brentry Lane and Charlton Road, would see Brentry cut off from right turning northbound traffic, pushing drivers to go through Southmead to use already-congested roads.

Take action

Darren is calling on local residents to sign his petition to help show the strength of feeling against some of the current proposals:

What is good about these proposals?

Improving bus and cycle lanes is good for public transport. Buses are often late or cancelled because they get stuck in car based gridlock, reducing the number of people using them and keeping ticket prices higher.

Helping buses to become more reliable and on time will increase use and therefore reduce price, as well as helping us meet our air pollution targets. But these bus lanes need to be designed in the right way and should not impact village centres or cut-off whole areas due to a high volume of turning restrictions.

New traffic light proposals at the turn off for Southmead are welcomed, along with proposals for new pedestrian crossings along or near the A4018. Equally, improvements to pedestrian crossings and the flow of traffic at the Crow Lane roundabout are overdue.

What more could be included?

A new zebra crossing is needed further down Canford Lane and a change to the double roundabout near Southmead Hospital into a traffic light based system would be welcomed.

What do you think?

Darren wants to hear from local residents, especially along the proposed route, about their views.

With the help of volunteer distributors, Darren has printed 10,000 leaflets for delivery. He also welcomes e-mail feedback to: darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk (please include your address).

In a statement in early February 2019, Darren said:

I’m afraid it looks like the council has lost the plot. Under no circumstances can the proposed carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village happen and I will be calling on my colleague Mayor Marvin Rees to scrap them.
Residents and transport provides have made it clear to me in my North Bristol Transport Plan that they would like to see continuous bus and cycle routes along key routes, but these current proposals are not fit for purpose.
As I have set out in my North Bristol Transport Plan, I believe that a bus and cycle lane can be put along the main road from Henbury to Bristol City Centre without reducing the current road capacity for drivers and without the need for so many restrictions on turning off of the main road.
But these bus routes need to be attached to new Transport Hubs, bringing together park and ride, rail, car parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock up. I have called for three of these, near the Henbury rugby club, at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton and North of Lockleaze.
I will now consult with my constituents, with a particular focus on those who live along the proposed bus route, to gather their feedback so that I can ensure their views are heard loud and clear both at Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.
1 reply
  1. Mrs Carol Tiley
    Mrs Carol Tiley says:

    The flow of traffic through WOT Village alone would be easier if parking going up Passage Road from the village were stopped. It is extremely dangerous trying to go up or down because of parking on the L.hand side. Also the parking in Trym Rd., is dangerous as people fly down there and with cars parked on corners it is almost impossible to exit our road safely. Very unsafe for children as well.

    We sold Filton Airfield to Glos Council so I think it should be up to them to guide the flow of traffic from new builds out towards Glos Rd and Patchway etc., not all through WOT .

    When someone from the council walks down Channels hill and says oh yes its ok to turn left here you would have thought his research would have told him that it is impossible to turn left there as it is a dead end!!!!!!!. Well done.

    Worst of all is the severe congestion caused by delivery lorries stopping outside Tesco, which is right near crossings – and also deliveries to the Costa Coffee shop on the other side of the road. Why oh why were these ever allowed to be there. There are plenty of coffee shops in the village anyway.

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