ePetition details

Campaign to review chicane at Royate Hill Viaduct

We the undersigned request that Bristol City Council review the chicane at Royal Hill viaduct, due to on-going issues which impact upon local residents, and which also presents a continually increasing risk to pedestrians and cyclists; we further request that consideration be given to proposed solutions.

History

For many decades, traffic was able to pass freely both ways beneath the viaduct. This was until a chicane was installed, with a priority. It is understood that this followed a collision into the wall of the viaduct in the early hours one morning by a drunken driver. We understand that there was no consultation with local residents prior to the installation of the chicane, nor any assessment into its impact. Exacerbated by the closure of Greenbank Road, the installation has resulted in the following issues:

• Continually increasing sounding of horns by challenged motorists
• Continually increasing levels of air pollution caused by idling traffic, particularly during the evening commute period
• Continually increasing risk to pedestrians and cyclists due to speeding vehicles vying to reach the chicane
• An unpleasant walking and cycling environment


Proposed solutions

• That the western pedestrian footpath be diverted around the viaduct arch. This could be either a supported raised gantry construction or of a masonry construction
• Removal of the current chicane and the priority for right of way; installation of a yellow box junction to minimise risk of carriageway obstruction
• Installation of a pedestrian refuge approximately 50 metres south of the viaduct
• A 20 mph limit along the length of Royate Hill and Gordon Road


Benefits of proposals

• A reduction in noise pollution from frustrated commuters sounding their horns
• A reduction in air pollution from idling traffic
• A reduction in traffic speed
• Improved safety for road users
• Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists
• Enable pedestrians to view the Coombe Brook, situated within Royate Hill Local Nature Reserve
• Improved diversity for Royate Hill Local Nature Reserve (as observed by Parks Development Officer)
• Improved ‘natural surveillance’ of the Coombe Brook, situated within Royate Hill Local Nature Reserve (as observed by Parks Development Officer)
• A better local environment

Started by: Martyn cordey (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1999291567054023/)

This ePetition runs from 02/08/2018 to 29/04/2019.

294 people have signed this ePetition.