Crossing hopes rise for Canford Lane
Hopes have been raised once more that there will be progress on a safe crossing for Canford Lane.
The recent consultation on proposals to the A4018 has led to many of the worst changes being abandoned. The exception locally is the Falcondale Road/Westbury Road junction which is to be signalised - a welcome development - yet with restrictions retained on turning into Downs Road, which will affect residents living in nearby roads too.
Campaigner Graham Donald has asked the council, given that the A4018 proposals have been reduced so much, whether a crossing in Canford Lane can now be funded?
Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport & Energy, is visiting the area on July 30 to see the problems for himself. Councillor Dudd will meet with residents from Downs Road and Great Brockeridge, to develop a better understanding of the impact of turning restrictions on the Falcondale/Westbury Road junction. He will also visit the Canford Lane site and talk to Nicola Hawkes and other residents who have frequently highlighted the challenge of crossing this busy road.
Graham Donald has been campaigning with local residents to get a safe crossing in Canford Lane for nearly three years. A traffic survey revealed the main reason why the road is so difficult to cross - there is one vehicle on average passing on the road every four seconds but crossing Canford Lane takes a fit person seven seconds.
This stretch of road is by Canford Crematorium, gives access to Canford Park and the route to Westbury village, so it is vital that local residents feel safe to use it.
Graham Donald says: “I’m encouraged that Kye Dudd has agreed to come and meet residents on site. He has undertaken to visit both Canford Lane and the Downs Road area. The city council has a real chance to help local people, having thoroughly annoyed them earlier in the year. I do hope they take it.”
Nicola Hawkes lives on Canford Lane is and very hopeful that councillor Dudd will listen to residents views and see some safe crossing points on Canford Lane.
“It gets worse by the week,” says Nicola.
“We still have a volume of traffic during the day. I tried to cross the road last week and was stood there for ages. It’s easier to take the car to shop locally than cross the road some days.”