Quiet Lanes

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7th April 2021 – TRO withdrawn
2nd April 2021 – statement

Last updated: 7th April 2021

There has been a lot of discussion on social media about the proposal to establish a rural lanes network of cycle and pedestrian routes between Yatton, Clevedon, Nailsea and Backwell.

Discussion has been generated following the publication of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) – a technical and rather blunt (but necessary) tool – which will form the foundation of the Rural Lanes Active Travel Enhancement Scheme, which is currently being developed.

Along with other councillors in the wards affected, I have participated in briefings and discussions; like them, I am supportive in principle of the ideas brought forward by council officers. I support the Council’s aim to create a safe, connected network of cycle routes, making active travel the most attractive option wherever possible.

The draft scheme may include an “access only” restriction in some locations (while maintaining essential and farm access), which could be supported by measures including (but not limited to) reductions in speed limits, entrance gateways, traffic calming features and physical measures such as point closures to through traffic using modal gating to reduce traffic flows and rat-running. It goes without saying, there are a number of challenges and issues to overcome before the details of any scheme can be consulted upon.

I would like to reassure you that any scheme or measures will be evidenced and the subject of additional consultation with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders.

As I always do, I will keep the community updated. By the same token, I will not engage in time-consuming speculation, nor indulge individuals who direct spiteful and uninformed comments my way on Facebook.