Protests over Coldharbour Road crossing

December 21 2021

Traffic jams and driver standoffs in the lower section of Coldharbour Road, near Kellaway Avenue, are causing problems for residents and motorists. It’s an issue that people living nearby say needs to be addressed before there is a serious accident.
The problem with road congestion has become worse in the area since a zebra crossing was installed on Coldharbour Road by the intersection with Cairns Road as part of the Southmead Quietway project. As a result, there are now 20 fewer parking spaces for residents on this busy main thoroughfare. Based on the last Census, parking for 32 households has been reduced by 60% which is resulting in residents parking on both sides of the road, causing a build up of traffic trying to pass through the area.
Coldharbour Road resident Carol Marks explains: “It’s been a problem since the zebra crossing was put in. It’s always been a busy road but when drivers could pass each other it wasn’t a problem.
“It’s a nightmare now. There are regular standoffs in the street. People are debating about moving.”
Nick Taylor adds: “It’s dangerous because people queue at either end of the traffic, and speed through when they get the opportunity to pass.”
Local resident Scott Forrest says: “I’m living in a car park with increased pollution and congestion. I’ve seen fights in the street about parking.”
Scott Forrest has launched a petition to install double yellow lines on the south side of road between Cairns Road and Linden Road, to revisit parking to enable residents to park safely and sensibly, and work with Avon & Somerset Police to monitor the speed of traffic and implement the relevant deterrents to adhere to the 20mph speed limit.
The petition states: “Double parking not only obstructs cyclists, commuters, buses and emergency services vehicles, it has significantly increased pollution and congestion. There have been numerous cases of road rage and minor accidents as a result of the congestion being caused by double parking, which also makes the whole route very dangerous for cyclists. The volume, speed of traffic and residents’ parking is clearly an issue on this stretch of road but more importantly is the safety of residents and commuters.”
Councillor Geoff Gollop ((Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze) believes that removing some of the zig-zag lines, currently preventing parking by the Kellaway Avenue shops, would help. He presented a petition to the Council at the December meeting asking for parking restrictions on the inbound side of the road. This is designed to prevent traffic building up by the crossing and allow access for buses and heavy goods vehicles.
The Coldharbour Road Congestion ePetition runs from 25/11/2021 to 06/03/2022. To sign it go to:
https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=234&RPID=17690931&HPID=17690931