Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, held a meeting with local residents on Monday about the campaign calling for practical measures to ease traffic problems on Craven Way.
The meeting was hosted by Anne Sheppard, who lives on Craven Way and has been calling for improvements to the traffic calming measures on the road since 2010. In April, Jo joined with Anne and other local residents to set up a petition, which nearly 400 residents have signed. Council officers are now drafting plans for new traffic calming measures in line with the specific proposals the residents have been pressing for.
Speaking after the meeting Jo said:
"The resolve of the residents around Craven Way is beginning to pay off as the council begins to draw up plans, but they are in the very early stages so on Monday I met with the residents to offer my support to help them keep up the pressure over the coming weeks and months by encouraging other residents to sign the petition and share their experiences and concerns so these can be fed back to the Council."
Residents at the meeting spoke about why they are campaigning for action to be taken and agreed to submit their experiences to the Council so they can fully understand the impact of the traffic problems in their area.
Some experiences shared include:
“I live on the corner of Craven Way and the traffic outside is awful. They come round the corner very fast and have actually gone through my fence into my back garden. If I had been in the garden with my daughter at the time we could have both been badly injured or even killed. There have been a lot of near misses, but also a lot of accidents. On Friday 13 June this year a motorcyclist was knocked off his bike as he came past my house onto the roundabout and was hit by a car coming too fast up Tower Lane.”
“We cross Craven Way to take the children to school and have found it easier to do so by the 'wonky' roundabout. However, the number of drivers on their mobile phones, not indicating and speeding onto Craven Way is shocking. There will be a serious accident one day soon… The traffic is built up by cars waiting for the dual carriageway or queuing on Craven way due to the chicane. People are frustrated and this causes over revving and unsafe driving. Drivers take chances on the chicanes due to the unfairness of pointless queues - I have seen first hand, on a daily basis, road rage caused by the chicanes. It's like watching cars drag race to get through and play 'chicken'. It's dangerous!”
“We have been living in Kennmoor Close for several years and have very seldom felt safe crossing over Craven way which is at the top of our close. We both suffer from a sight loss condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Our local transport and post box is over the other side of the road and therefore we need to feel that getting to these amenities should not be as difficult as it is. We have family and friends that unfortunately suffer from a visual impairment and also find it difficult crossing the road when they come to visit. Therefore we would benefit from some kind of crossing. That would enable us to live an independent life and not have to constantly be worried about crossing such a busy road.”
Mark Belton and Jane Diment