Full council to rule on bus-cycle scheme for Patchway
COUNCILLORS in South Gloucestershire will decide next month whether to turn one of the area’s busiest roads into a dedicated bus and cycle-only route.
They decided on Wednesday to introduce the experimental traffic measures on Highwood Road in Patchway for an 18-month trial.
But the move has been referred to South Gloucestershire’s full council for a final decision.
The dual carriageway was formerly a major route to The Mall and Cribbs Causeway but traffic now uses the new bypass at Hayes Way, built as part of the nearby Charlton Hayes development.
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Lib Dem Councillor Pat Hockey said: “These plans were agreed in 2002 after several workshops and exhibitions. At that time local people appeared to welcome the opportunity to put an end to traffic heading for The Mall cutting through Patchway.
“The general view was that the new development should be part of Patchway and not grow as a separate community. Shared facilities such as the library should bring the new and longer standing residents together.
“Instead of a busy intrusive road, a pleasant open area is planned for people to enjoy. The closure of Highwood Road to general traffic is a key part of achieving this. Local people now feel that these proposals will cause problems for them that far outweigh the benefits.
“For this reason the final decision has been referred for the full council to make in July.”