Radstock’s Conservative Councillor Deirdre Horstmann has welcomed the news that B&NES Council is to look into the possibility of reversing the one-way system in the centre of the town.
The one-way system on Fortescue Road was put in place as part of the town centre regeneration project earlier this year. However, since it was introduced, there have been complaints from residents and traders in the town that the one-way system goes against the natural flow and traffic – causing additional tailbacks and discouraging passers-by from stopping at the local shops.
Following a meeting between Councillor Horstmann, local traders and the Council’s new Conservative leadership earlier this summer, B&NES has now promised that it will look at the possibility of reversing the direction of traffic in the town centre.
Councillor Deirdre Horstmann (Cons, Radstock) said:
“I’m delighted that the Council has agreed to look at the possibility of reversing the new one-way system in the town centre. This is something I have been pressing for since meeting with local traders and residents after the elections in May.
“The current direction of travel on Fortescue Road appears to go against the natural flow of traffic, and local traders fear that they are losing out on business as a result. It may also help traffic-flow in the town if the one-way system were reversed.
“Obviously the Council needs to look into the implications of reversing the traffic flow before putting anything in place, and any change ought to be on a trial basis, as we don’t want to solve one problem only to cause another. However, it’s good that B&NES is now actively considering this.”
Councillor Anthony Clarke (Cons), the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, added:
“Our new administration is always keen to look at ways in which we can improve traffic and support local businesses.
“We need to undertake the necessary technical work to understand what the impact on the road network would be if we were to reverse the direction of traffic on Fortescue Road, but this is something we are looking into.”