‘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.”