Parkway Bridge Traffic Restrictions
SGPC - 9th June 2020
The following is a letter to residents from Councillor Ernie Brown regarding the Parkway Bridge Traffic Restrictions.
Hope you are well and keeping safe.
Brian, Keith, and I had a skype conference call with SGlos on Friday morning to discuss social distancing and keeping safe for pedestrians and cyclists whilst moving through Parkway Bridge. Although our main objective, and Brian’s personal goal is for a tunnel alongside the bridge, which in part has been agreed, it will take time and is not a quick fix. As we come out of lockdown Central Government has issued social distancing guidelines which we now need to follow. After some difficult and lengthy discussion on several options, and with reluctance a two-week trial is agreed starting from 14th June in line with children returning to Abbeywood School. The recommendation is to have traffic lights either side of the bridge allowing one line of traffic under the bridge and therefore widening the path area to help make social distancing easier and keep people safe and protected, control the virus and save lives during this pandemic.
We know this will cause traffic build up at peak times, but hope residents will understand why this action is being taken. Unfortunately, due to the urgency there is not sufficient time for a consultation, however letters are going out to local businesses in the next few days and notices will be published on notice boards and website to make the public aware. The trial will be reviewed on the 21st June with the option of removal on the 28th June. Hope you can understand we had little choice in the matter and took the decision on the best option available.
Kind regards, Ernie Brown