Local councillors have welcomed a decision to allow work to start on the first phase of road safety measures on a notorious Kingswood rat-run. Residents of Tenniscourt Road, which contains a secondary school with a primary school set to open this autumn, have long fought for measures to slow the traffic on their residential street. They have been supported by their local Labour councillors, who have argued for over two years to get the road prioritised in South Gloucestershire Council’s road safety programme. This has been a convoluted process, as funds have to be allocated and local people consulted before any work can commence.
The council’s Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment Committee yesterday considered objections received during the public consultation and formally voted to approve the work which can now commence.
The first phase of work will be on the stretch of Tenniscourt Road from the Fire Station to Deanery Road, and will include a 20mph zone, a 7.5t weight restriction, school ‘keep clear’ markings, a new mini roundabout, a second zebra crossing, speed cushions, parking restrictions, street lighting improvements, footway widening and various signs and road markings to support the physical features of the scheme.”
Funding for a second phase was approved by councillors earlier this month, when the Chase Area Forum allocated £50,000 for work on the stretch from the Fire Station to New Cheltenham Road.
Speaking after the decision, local councillor Bill Bowrey said:
“I am very relieved that we now have approval for the work to commence, as it has been a protracted battle over many years just to get this far. Local councillors are well aware what a long and frustrating legal process it has been, and we thank residents for their patience and the support they have given us.
Councillors have now approved the funding for both phases of work, so we should at last see the fruits of our labours and have a safer Tenniscourt Road in time for the increased intake of pupils and students at the Kings Oak Academy in September.”