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Victory for motorist after 'lethal' chicanes are removed in Kingsway

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

Kingsway chicanes

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‘LETHAL’ traffic calming measures in Kingsway have been removed following a number of near misses

Drivers had been swerving through two chicanes to avoid cars coming in the opposite direction adjacent to the new Asda supermarket in Kingsway.

They were put in place last year in a bid to reduce the speed of traffic but motorists said the layout was confusing and dangerous.

The aim was for drivers to slow down to negotiate the oncoming traffic in the same lane but the chicanes have now been removed.

Resident Dave Aspden, 66, said: “The chicanes made the road lethal and I saw one car on the island following an accident.

“Drivers did not realise that other drivers were coming in the opposite direction and they suddenly stopped, it happened to me on two occasions.

“Once I was driving north and I entered the chicane. As I was now in the chicane I now had priority to move to the right side of the road into the face of oncoming traffic.

“Regrettably the oncoming car was driven by a person of limited driving skills who proceeded to flash lights and gesticulate.

“This was despite give-way lines on her side of the road as well as signage. I fear that had I been on her side of the road, a few seconds later a collision would have taken place.

“It is quite a short road anyway. Why did the local authority built a chicane in front of the old RAF headquarters building by Kingsway?”

However Dave, who lives in Needhand Avenue, said the road is much safer since the removal of the chicanes.

County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “The idea to remove the chicanes was decided following the feedback from residents.

“I then asked the highways team to remove them. There is now a much better flow down the road, which I have noticed myself as a driver.

“However I did have concerns about the nearby nursery and speeding but I have spent a lot of time looking at the road and speeding was not an issue. I will keep a close eye on it.”

The chicanes were built by a developer, which was adopted by the highways development team at Gloucestershire County Council last year.

Sally Godwin, local highways manager, said: “Local people told us that there were problems with the traffic calming buildout in Newhaven Road, Kingsway.

“So as a precaution we have removed it and will install different traffic calming there later this year.”

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 14 2014, 1:47PM

    Glad they got rid of them and as King's Edward's Avenue is the most stupidest idea they did when they built them, Time to get rid of the chicanes I think.

  • Kay_Powell  |  January 13 2014, 4:13PM

    GlosAnarchy, regarding King Edward's Avenue - are you saying that you actually cycle within the marked cycle lanes? The reason that I question this is that I walk my dog along there a number of times every week, and I can clearly see that not only is it a stupidly wiggly course, but the street sweeper can't get to much of the cycle lanes because of the ridiculous design; the upshot of this is that there is grot, grit, litter and broken glass in the cycle lanes. If I were a cyclist, I certainly wouldn't want to cycle in the marked lanes. Also, in at least one place by The Lannett, the cycle lane actually ends (the word 'end' is painted on the road) and the cyclist has to cycle on the same piece of road as the motorist anyway. How is that helpful? I totally accept that traffic calming is a result of speeding motorists, but I don't accept that the layout of the traffic calming measures in King Edward's Avenue make it safer for cyclists.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 12 2014, 10:24PM

    Kay - Yes I'm a cyclist and car driver and I cycle along King Edward's Avenue on my way into town. My point is traffic calming is the result of speeding drivers nothing more or less. I don't like them but they do slow most drivers down.....

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 11 2014, 1:52PM

    GlosAnarchy, I'm assuming that you've never seen a cyclist trying to cycle through the obstacle course that is the cycle route along King Edward's Avenue and that you're not a cyclist yourself. Anyway, bad drivers simply speed along the middle of the road, so I don't see that the chicanes slow them down very much, therefore I don't see that the 'traffic calming' measures have the intended effect.

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  • dcfc79  |  January 11 2014, 11:06AM

    GlosAnarchy its the same all over, theres always going to be some speeder who just cant be seen doing the speed limit, I drive on Abbeymead Avenue and Lobbys Drive (from the Tesco to the lights on Abbeymead Avenue) and theres always someone too close to me when im doing the speed limit eg 30 or 20mph.

  • Shaznee  |  January 11 2014, 9:06AM

    New road layout much better and safer if motorists keep to the speed limit, but what about the crossing near the roundabout by ASDA no lights or beacons warning motorists that it's there, it's an accident waiting to happen.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 11 2014, 9:03AM

    Kay_Powell what's the speed limit on King Edwards Avenue? Yes it's 20mph and I can drive down there at 20mph NO PROBLEMS (no power steering) the people who have problems are the speeders doing 30mph+ Like the driver of the Mercadies A160 index X584 KGN who overtook a couple of weeks ago. There is one problem and it's caused by some of the motorists and that's speeding, if everyone stuck to the speed limits there would be no need for any traffic calming FACT so the poor motorists my backside!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 10 2014, 10:56PM

    And all using public money from taxpayers, of course. I agree that the mess in King Edward's Avenue is just about the worst road scheme that I have ever seen.

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 10 2014, 10:26PM

    I was going to comment on this but citon has just about said it all. Yes - Paul Belotti. Having ruined Longlevens he is now imposing his ridiculous schemes on the poor residents of East Riding. http://tinyurl.com/q4b2bdh

  • citon  |  January 10 2014, 7:38PM

    The same applies to all the other ridiculous road obstructions. Just to appease the anti private motorist lobby, we get lumps in the road and of all the stupid ideas, a bollard in the middle of the road. Then we get gems like the mess in King Edwards Avenue. All this started with that Berlotti or whatever his name was, borrowing £5M to infuriate everyone.