Labour councillors in a part of Kingswood are today celebrating the award of a further £50,000 for a second phase of traffic calming on a notorious Kingswood hotspot, following a long-running campaign. Tenniscourt Road is a residential street that also houses a school and fire station. It is a rat-run for motorists wishing to by-pass the Ring Road, with heavy goods vehicles also routinely using it, and residents have been actively campaigning for safety measures to reduce and slow the traffic on the road.
The local Labour councillors for Kings Chase ward have been pressing South Gloucestershire Council to prioritise its meagre transport funds on works on Tenniscourt Road. Last year the Council awarded £114,000 for a first phase of works, and tonight the Labour-dominated Chase Area Forum agreed a £50,000 from its Local Transport Priority budget for a second phase of works. Work on the initial phase is due to start after Easter.
As always, the demand for road safety measures far outstripped the money that the Forum had available. In the engineers’ assessment of need, the second phase work at Tenniscourt Road topped the priority list. The second phase works were supported by local people in a recent consultation, but the money still needed to be formally allocated.
The local Labour councillors, Pat Apps, Bill Bowrey and Terry Walker, said: “It is no surprise to us that Tenniscourt Road scored so highly in its need for road safety measures. We have been pressing for sufficient funds to improve safety on the road for over two years now. We have been determined to deal with the problems that the residents and the young people walking to school face there.
We pay tribute to residents for their determination and patience, as all road schemes have to go through a long-winded legal process. We can now celebrate the award of this additional £50,000 budget. The planned work, in total, includes speed and weight restrictions, keep clear and double yellow line markings, footway widening, a mini-roundabout, a new zebra crossing and street-lighting improvements.”