Friday, 20 January 2017

Rodford Way No U-turn Consultation

South Glos has already gone some way towards stopping dangerous U-turns across the Rodford Way dual carriageway by putting an island in the mouth of the Abbotswood junction, which was the favourite turning place.

It hasn't totally solved the problem yet, because some people are still doing U-turns - we even saw a large articulated vehicle do it the other day. Even worse, some of the drivers are going through the wrong gap in the central reservation and meeting legitimate turning traffic head-on, or turning through the three-way Sundridge Park / Rodford Way / Shire Way junction. There have been a number of injuries, both motorists and cyclists.

It is proposed to put legally enforceable "No U-turn" signs for eastbound traffic at the central reservation gaps near Abbotswood, Glenfall, Bredon, Sundridge Park, Dovecote and also at the eastern end of central reservation near the Scott Way roundabout.

You can see the plans and the explanation on the South Glos website. The consultation is open until 12 February,


  1. Anonymous2:54 pm

    I agree with the principal of the ban and its safety objectives. However, I would like to point out that it is ironic, this is being proposed for reasons of road safety when a significant proportion of those doing this are people dropping off and collecting children from school. Furthermore I have also seen at least twice, the councils own refuse vehicles doing this in the last 4 months. Also banning the turns at these locations will only move them down to the next junction, and it will be only as good as the enforcement and maintenance of the signs. There is also a significant risk of traffic speeds on the road increasing. SGC installed the parking in this area >10years ago on the grounds on safety, but have never renewed what they said at the time were "very important safety measures". Banning the U turns could be the first step to having Rodford Way opened up as dual carriageway again and add support to MP Luke Hall's stupid idea of opening up the road to nowhere.

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Please remember to submit it officially to South Glos via the link in the article.

  2. Anonymous2:45 pm

    I use this area every day in the week i have seen no reason to spend money resolve a near made up issue. The one thing on what every persons mind in the south of yate that affects every person that uses station road in getting out of yate is the traffic jam every morning that one one wants to do any thing about this is what requires the money spent