Have your say on traffic congestion in Bishopston streets

August 26 2016

A special public forum meeting is planned to discuss the problems of residential streets in Bishopston that suffer from the effects of road congestion. It is being organised by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership in response to local residents. Many streets in the area, including Church Road, Dongola Road, Kennington Avenue, Longmead Avenue and Nevil Road suffer from road congestion.

A special public forum meeting is planned to discuss the problems of residential streets in Bishopston that suffer from the effects of road congestion. It is being organised by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership in response to local residents. Many streets in the area, including Church Road, Dongola Road, Kennington Avenue, Longmead Avenue and Nevil Road suffer from road congestion.

Several issues have been reported. They include: vehicles using the streets as short-cuts to avoid main roads at peak times; safety concerns due to speeding vehicles in residential areas; face-offs involving vehicles who cannot pass in the narrow streets, especially where there is parking on both sides; delays when delivery vehicles stop in the road because they have no space to pull in.

The public forum will allow residents to report and share the issues they face. It will also allow representatives of groups, such as the local SAFERoads campaign, to describe what they have found when monitoring their roads. Possible approaches to address the issues will be considered, including their advantages and disadvantages. So this will be a chance to look at options and see what support they have from residents. The results of the meeting will help inform the Neighbourhood Partnership in making recommendations to Bristol City Council about future road schemes.

Chair of the BCR NP Sustainable Travel group, Roger Gimson, said: "There is a very limited budget for road schemes in our area, so it is important that every penny is spent wisely and with the full support of local residents."

The forum will take place on Tuesday September 27,
7pm - 9pm, at the Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, and is open to the public. 

Anyone will have an opportunity to speak, but if you have something specific you would like to say on behalf of the residents in your street, please let the Neighbourhood Partnership know (info@bcrnp.org.uk).