'Steer clear of closed road or face £30 fine'
MOTORISTS have been warned to steer clear of Highwood Road in Patchway or face a £30 fine.
The road was controversially closed to traffic – except buses, motorcycles, taxis and pedal cycles – between its junctions with Durban Road and Coniston Road in October.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Ives said: "We have had a number of complaints from local people of motorists ignoring the new traffic regulation, which has been in place for a month now.
"The change has been well sign posted on approach roads by South Gloucestershire Council.
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"Over the next couple of weeks we will be warning drivers who ignore the rules, but by the end of the month we will be enforcing the scheme and issuing fines."
Drivers heading for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway can use the new Hayes Way from the A38 or the motorway.
South Gloucestershire Council decided to press ahead with the closure of Highwood Road to general traffic in July, despite strong oppositions from locals, including a 4,000-name petition which called for the road to be kept open to general non-commercial traffic, subject to a 20mph speed limit.
The authority has made the closure "experimental", which means residents are technically being consulted on the closure and can make comments or objections. Police say any drivers caught flouting the traffic order could be fined £30.