Complaints over lack of traffic lights in narrow Stroud road

The lack of traffic lights in a narrow Stroud road has led to complaints from a resident about blockages, delays and damage to their retaining wall.

“For over 20 years I have been trying to get traffic lights on the narrow section of Selsley Hill, but to no avail. It is ridiculous on a B road that traffic has to back up or down every time a bus, lorry, tractor or caravan appear,” said Martin Steenson.

“It seems Gloucester Highways only criterion for traffic lights is an accident blackspot, not driver inconvenience. I realise traffic lights are expensive to install but why can’t they have temporary traffic lights on a permanent basis?

“When the road has been up for repairs, temporary traffic lights have worked splendidly.

“The road (see picture – November 23) was blocked for half an hour. It also shows my retaining wall which has been hit on numerous occasions.

“Perhaps if all the disgruntled drivers (and bus drivers) contacted Highways Dept with their displeasure, something might be done.”

Martyn Midgley, area highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are aware of the issue of this narrow point of road on the B4066 in Selsley, and have looked into the possibility of various measures, including installing traffic lights.

“However, this would create additional noise and pollution from queueing traffic, and potentially create new safety hazards associated with drivers making hill starts on the steep road or racing downhill to catch the green light.

“Our highways team has worked to improve signage in the area to highlight the unsuitability of the road for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) using it as a through route, but much of the limited HGV movements are for the justifiable reasons of local access.”

 

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