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Visibility screens installed at roundabout

Posted on Monday 7th October 2019 at 6:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a visibility screen in the central reservation of the B4057 Winterbourne Road.

If you’ve noticed these green boards recently appear at the Winterbourne Road / Hatchet Road roundabout and wondered what they’re for, here’s an explanation from South Gloucestershire Council, reproduced from a notice displayed on parish council noticeboards around Stoke Gifford.


Collision records show that there is an issue with vehicles on the B4057 over-running give way lines at Hatchet Road roundabout and colliding with vehicles on the circulatory carriageway.

Funding has been prioritised to address this issue by providing visibility screens on the B4057 approaches, to reduce vehicle approach speeds.

Purpose of the scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to reduce the number of collisions occurring, by reducing vehicle speeds on the B4057 approaches. Currently, the very good visibility on the approach to the roundabout means that drivers can make a very early decision as to whether to enter the roundabout or not; consequently, these drivers do not reduce speed significantly, and some misjudge their entry leading to a collision. The provision of screens which reduce forward visibility forces drivers to slow down and wait until they approach the give way line, where they regain visibility, to make a decision on whether to enter the roundabout or not. Such installations have been successful in reducing collisions at similar sites (including A4174 Wraxall Road, in South Gloucestershire).

Proposed scheme

It is proposed to introduce visibility screens on both B4057 approaches to the roundabout. The screens will be dark green in colour and approximately 1.8 metres in height.

Photo: Visibility screen now installed in the central reservation of the B4057 Winterbourne Road on the westbound approach to the Hatchet Road roundabout.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Committee to consider objections to Little Stoke Lane speed table proposals

Posted on Monday 28th January 2013 at 5:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Traffic calming chicane on Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

Objections to proposals to replace priority narrowings in Little Stoke Lane with a series of full-width raised tables are to be considered at a Council meeting this week.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transport & Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee, meeting in Kingswood on Wednesday, will consider three objections to the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that was advertised between 20th November and 13th December last year, along with one letter of support and another that asks for formal crossing points to be introduced as part of the scheme.

The Council is proposing to install a series of six raised tables, five of which replace priority narrowings, with a sixth positioned close to Giffard House.

The scheme was drawn up after some local residents complained that the existing priority narrowings encourage aggressive driving. The Council also claims the raised tables will be “less onerous to buses”, which has allowed it to secure funding of £150k from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

An earlier public consultation on a package of proposed traffic calming measures in Little Stoke Lane was held from 30th July to 31st August 2012. Other aspects of the scheme include amendments to the school entrance markings for Little Stoke Primary School and the introduction of a 20mph zone covering Maple Close and a length of Little Stoke Lane either side of the Maple Close junction.

More: Work set to start on 4th February »

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Consultation on Little Stoke Lane traffic calming proposals

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2012 at 3:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Traffic calming chicane on Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

Traffic calming chicanes in Little Stoke Lane could be replaced with raised table crossings if a £150,000 scheme being proposed by South Gloucestershire Council gets the thumbs up from local residents.

The Council has recently launched a public consultation on the plans, which foresee five ‘priority narrowings’ being replaced with two-way raised table crossings. A new raised table crossing will be installed opposite Giffard House and ‘school – keep clear’ markings around Little Stoke Primary School will be reviewed.

The existing traffic calming measures were installed to support the 20mph zone in the vicinity of the school, however, concerns have been raised by local residents regarding the driving behaviour that the narrowings have promoted, with drivers failing to give way and driving aggressively to negotiate them.

A project to review traffic calming in Little Stoke was selected as a priority by SGC’s Southern Brooks Area Forum at its November 2011 meeting, which approved the spending of £5,000 on the initial investigation.

Additionally, an e-petition calling for the removal of the chicanes and their replacement with two raised tables and a pedestrian crossing collected 38 online signatures over the six month period from 29th November 2011. The petition was launched following an incident on 19th November 2011 in which a car crashed through the traffic calming chicane located near the junction with Maple Close.

More: Money coming from £9m Local Sustainable Transport Fund »

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