Quiet Lanes: TRO withdrawn

North Somerset Council (NSC) has released the following clarification this afternoon.

Council allows more time to develop quiet rural lanes proposals

North Somerset Council is withdrawing plans to introduce a new Traffic Regulation Order on parts of the local rural lanes network to provide residents and road users with more opportunities to help shape the ‘quiet rural lanes’ proposals.

The proposals intend to make country lanes safer and more attractive for all who enjoy them, encouraging users to consider one another and take extra care to share the roads whether they’re on foot, in the saddle or behind the wheel.

These proposals would maintain normal access for local residents and support the economic recovery of local business by improving access for tourists and customers. It is hoped that the reduction in traffic would also help to protect the character, environment and biodiversity in sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) surrounding the rural lanes.

Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member for planning, highways and transport said: “Last week, the council invited residents to respond to plans to reduce volumes of traffic on rural roads using a Traffic Regulation Order. In this instance, we have not provided our communities with enough information about the objectives of the ‘quiet rural lanes’ proposals, and so the Traffic Regulation Order has caused understandable concern.

“This is not how we usually engage with our communities and we are sorry that, on this occasion, we’ve not provided the necessary information or context in advance of notices going up.

“So far, we have received a broad range of both positive and negative responses to the proposals. This has demonstrated and reiterated the importance of local views in taking them forward. As such, we are withdrawing the Traffic Regulation Order so we can offer a more inclusive and comprehensive package of engagement.

“We want to get it right on the ‘quiet rural lanes’ project and to do that we need to have the community with us and not against us. In putting residents at the forefront of our approach, that is exactly what we strive to do.”

The council will now develop new plans to engage with residents on the implementation of the Government funded ‘rural quiet lanes’ proposals. These plans will include a range of forums where local people can respond, for example webinar and Q&A sessions like those currently scheduled for the other schemes promoting Active Travel in North Somerset. The council will share details of the opportunities for community involvement in the coming days.


I would add:

I will continue to engage with this process and will keep residents fully informed.

For now, my priority continues to be the delivery of the planned improvements to Yatton High Street to make residents feel they can walk to school or the village centre in safety. I encourage everyone to participate in the public consultation , which closes on 9th May.

I also urge everyone to show respect to other road users at all times.

5 comments on “Quiet Lanes: TRO withdrawn

  1. Leonie Allday

    That’s very welcome and sensible. Thank you Steve.

  2. Neville Hall

    The first thing that should be done to improve the safety for all road users if the country lanes is to imptove the dangerously rough and pothiled edges of some of them, repair subsidance dips, and better maintain hedges.
    In addition, better education for all road users, eg reminding cyclists to stay in single file and only 2 bikes together (not three or more bikes in a line with no gaps) wheb other traffic approaches.

    • Alan puddy

      Bloody agree with that!
      Potholes, hedges and single file cyclists when traffic approaching from ahead or behind. I cycle and would never double breast cycle if it would hold up traffic! Some do regardless and wonder why they annoy drivers. Just look after the roads and educate a little will go far further than shutting these roads! It’s the locals that use them because most through traffic don’t know they are there.

  3. Mrs Ann Hayman

    The best way to make our local lanes safer for all would be speed restrictions and encourage cyclists to not ride 3 or 4 abreast ! Simple ! There is not a problem or have ever been one on the lanes locally in the 45yrs I’ve lived inYatton and just because the government thinks ALL lanes are a problem, they have no insight into our local moors network!! Leave them alone!

  4. Alan Barnstable

    Why are the council wasting money at looking for a solution for a problem which doesn’t exist !!!!
    Leave the lanes as they are, primarily for locals.
    I am a cyclist and regularly use these lanes, and don’t have any problems with other road users.

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