Letter: Residents will welcome cut in speed

February 07 2013

The need for a lower speed limit and improved road safety on Charlton Road is something raised frequently with me by local residents.

Residents will welcome cut in speed

The need for a lower speed limit and improved road safety on Charlton Road is something raised frequently with me by local residents.

I am pleased to be able to report that, following much lobbying, B&NES has agreed to add lower Charlton Road to its list of roads which will be included when 20mph limits are rolled-out in Keynsham.

Following discussions between myself and B&NES highways officers, the council has agreed to include the bottom part of Charlton Road in the 20mph scheme, from Charlton Park to the High Street.

Charlton Road was initially left out of the scheme as it was deemed to be a main road rather than a residential road.  However, given the large number of people who live on and near Charlton Road, as well the narrowness of this stretch, I believed it to be essential for this part of Charlton Road to be included in the 20mph zone. 

If the 20mph limit is deemed a success once implemented, I would like B&NES to consider extending the lower limit as far as St Keyna Primary School.  In the meantime, enforcement of the existing 30mph limit will be essential.

Nonetheless, the inclusion of the lower end of Charlton Road in the 20mph zone is a positive step which I know will be welcomed by many local residents.

Cllr Charles Gerrish,

(Cons, Keynsham North)