New look planned for Bradford town centre

This Is Wiltshire: Residents Mary Gaisford and May Ballantyne with town councillor Simon Fisher, right, and David Minshull of Mouchel Residents Mary Gaisford and May Ballantyne with town councillor Simon Fisher, right, and David Minshull of Mouchel

The first public exhibition of plans to improve Bradford on Avon’s streets has raised concerns among residents.

Plans to 'declutter' the Market Street and Church Street junction went on display in St Margaret’s Hall for three hours on Tuesday, giving visitors a chance to see the future of the town.

The plans include ramps to reduce traffic speed and raise the road surface to footway levels, realigning kerbs to reduce the width of road crossings and removing the zebra crossing to create 'courtesy' crossings.
Godfrey Marks, 78, of Newtown, has campaigned about traffic issues in Bradford since 1996.

He said: “The Historic Core Zone has been hijacked by the latest fashion for sharing space. By squeezing traffic, you are creating a bottleneck and slower traffic will increase queues.

“This is a safety issue and is discriminating against pedestrians. If you take away the obligation to stop, things will become worse.”
The proposed scheme aims to 'rebalance' the relationship between pedestrians and vehicles.

Andrew Jenkins, who has been in business and lived in Market Street for 48 years, said: “A zebra crossing has only just been put into Silver Street and now they are taking the Market Street one away. It doesn’t make sense.
“I use that crossing up to 20 times a day and, if it is removed, it will cause many accidents.”

Laura Gosling, a senior transport planner for Wiltshire Council, said: “This is not a traditional traffic scheme; it is thinking outside the box. It will slow the traffic and has been proved to work in other areas, such as Shrewsbury, Bury St Edmunds and Halifax.

“Comments have been made regarding people with disabilities, but we met disability groups and made amendments.”

Councillor Gwen Allison said: “A lot of people have concerns, which we will collate together and I hope we can deal with them.”

Mayor John Potter said: “The scheme will slow down traffic and make drivers aware with what is going on.”

The exhibition is open again in St Margaret's Hall on Wednesday, from 2-5pm, and on January 31, from 6-9pm.

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8:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

A big fat , unequivocal FAIL

Unless traffic is re-routed this waste of public funds is simply going to cause problems.

Laura Gosling should be given a shovel, safety PPE and sent out to do something actually useful - like fix potholes.
A big fat , unequivocal FAIL Unless traffic is re-routed this waste of public funds is simply going to cause problems. Laura Gosling should be given a shovel, safety PPE and sent out to do something actually useful - like fix potholes. moonrakin wurzel

12:45am Thu 17 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Mayor John Potter said: “The scheme will slow down traffic and make drivers aware with what is going on.”

good luck to the scheme, but how much slower can traffic get, it is almost stationary most days .
Make drivers aware of what's going on...what's that about, do you think they are driving without due care and attention?
Mayor John Potter said: “The scheme will slow down traffic and make drivers aware with what is going on.” good luck to the scheme, but how much slower can traffic get, it is almost stationary most days . Make drivers aware of what's going on...what's that about, do you think they are driving without due care and attention? beetawix

1:33pm Thu 17 Jan 13

poolhallrichard says...

Slow down traffic? I'm not aware of any speeding traffic hurtling down Market Street at the moment that needs calming. It's pretty much well slowed down already by those idiot drivers who can't judge that it's perfectly possible to get two cars abreast both down the bottom of Mason's Lane and just before the mini roundabout and so stop before each and then not proceed until another vehicle is oncoming.

Look forward to the inevitable queue that's going to permanently stretch all the way up Mason's Lane and probably along the Bath Road as well.
Slow down traffic? I'm not aware of any speeding traffic hurtling down Market Street at the moment that needs calming. It's pretty much well slowed down already by those idiot drivers who can't judge that it's perfectly possible to get two cars abreast both down the bottom of Mason's Lane and just before the mini roundabout and so stop before each and then not proceed until another vehicle is oncoming. Look forward to the inevitable queue that's going to permanently stretch all the way up Mason's Lane and probably along the Bath Road as well. poolhallrichard

2:51pm Thu 17 Jan 13

sarahplus2 says...

Agreed poolhallrichard. Slowing down traffic seems a very odd aim when I would have thought air pollution from the already slow traffic is so bad.

And please can someone tell me how often they experience "courtesy" on today's roads.

Seems a very strange concoction of ideas which are unlikely to achieve any improvements.
Agreed poolhallrichard. Slowing down traffic seems a very odd aim when I would have thought air pollution from the already slow traffic is so bad. And please can someone tell me how often they experience "courtesy" on today's roads. Seems a very strange concoction of ideas which are unlikely to achieve any improvements. sarahplus2

6:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

So Wiltshire Councils plan is that you bang and rattle over miles of potholes and badly surfaced roads to queue slowly through Bradford on Avon and admire hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of multicoloured road surface, some illuminated stainless steel bollards and some faux cobbles on the sides... (I'm only guessing) and watch people who don't know the width of their own cars stop and panic about getting through the new narrow carriageway.

Ideas like this should be nurtured and saved up for a new crazy golf course on Barton Farm or somesuch - woeful.
So Wiltshire Councils plan is that you bang and rattle over miles of potholes and badly surfaced roads to queue slowly through Bradford on Avon and admire hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of multicoloured road surface, some illuminated stainless steel bollards and some faux cobbles on the sides... (I'm only guessing) and watch people who don't know the width of their own cars stop and panic about getting through the new narrow carriageway. Ideas like this should be nurtured and saved up for a new crazy golf course on Barton Farm or somesuch - woeful. moonrakin wurzel

6:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

What do you suggest then wurzel?
What do you suggest then wurzel? Mrs Donnyfly

7:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
What do you suggest then wurzel?
A huge swooping white concrete flyover from Bath Road to midway between the Frome Road and Trowle Common - a sort of Millau Viaduct - that's the problem with these provincial councilors - inability to think BIG.

http://www.leviaducd
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Footbridge - pah!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: What do you suggest then wurzel?[/p][/quote]A huge swooping white concrete flyover from Bath Road to midway between the Frome Road and Trowle Common - a sort of Millau Viaduct - that's the problem with these provincial councilors - inability to think BIG. http://www.leviaducd emillau.com/en_index .php#/accueil/ Footbridge - pah! moonrakin wurzel

12:57am Sat 19 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I would suggest all the old bits of the town that are of interest to the American tourist get carefully taken down and reassembled somewhere in the Arizona desert, thus leaving a wide thoroughfare for the motorist to get between Bath and Trowbridge with ease.
I would suggest all the old bits of the town that are of interest to the American tourist get carefully taken down and reassembled somewhere in the Arizona desert, thus leaving a wide thoroughfare for the motorist to get between Bath and Trowbridge with ease. Mrs Donnyfly

12:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Whatever the answer is it isn't the expensive, idiotic street bling binge dreamt up and offered up by the clueless public servants of BoA and Wiltshire Council.

Traffic patterns have changed and BoA has loads more commuter through traffic.

Most drivers who come through regard BoA as a nuisance - just like Winsley... - as far as I can see the Winsley bypass was a success....

Unless we go back to the horse and cart some actual planning decisions have to be taken - rearranging the road with the results of a taxpayer funded swan through the street furniture catalogue isn't going to work.
Whatever the answer is it isn't the expensive, idiotic street bling binge dreamt up and offered up by the clueless public servants of BoA and Wiltshire Council. Traffic patterns have changed and BoA has loads more commuter through traffic. Most drivers who come through regard BoA as a nuisance - just like Winsley... - as far as I can see the Winsley bypass was a success.... Unless we go back to the horse and cart some actual planning decisions have to be taken - rearranging the road with the results of a taxpayer funded swan through the street furniture catalogue isn't going to work. moonrakin wurzel

1:07pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Mandrake99 says...

Totally idiotic attempt at a plan. Agree with Wurzel,needs something serious.
A bypass would totally renovate BOA into a charming market town that it could be. Would bring in shoppers, business and happiness.

The traffic situation is a danger to all, and a benefit to none.
Totally idiotic attempt at a plan. Agree with Wurzel,needs something serious. A bypass would totally renovate BOA into a charming market town that it could be. Would bring in shoppers, business and happiness. The traffic situation is a danger to all, and a benefit to none. Mandrake99

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