'Lorries avoiding Cabstand'

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 24 May 2010

A DOSSIER of evidence detailing accidents and near misses in a Portishead side street following the introduction of the town's Cabstand traffic system is to be handed to council chiefs. The Slade Road Action Group has been compiling a list of incidents in

A DOSSIER of evidence detailing accidents and near misses in a Portishead side street following the introduction of the town's Cabstand traffic system is to be handed to council chiefs.The Slade Road Action Group has been compiling a list of incidents in their street in a bid to highlight how it has been used as a rat run by people trying to avoid the Cabstand traffic lights.The incidents include a car colliding with two cyclists, resulting in the biker being treated for a nasty head wound, an elderly lady being trapped in her car after an accident at the junction of Slade Road and Avon Way and a crash between a scooter and car at the junction of Slade Road and Church Road North.Residents have also reported how large lorries are using Slade Road as a shortcut and are often having to reverse back along the street because of parked cars both sides.Now the group has put forward a series of measures to North Somerset highways chiefs in a bid to ease traffic chaos along Slade Road. The measures include: * Closing the northern end of Slade Road at its junction with Cabstand/Nore Road to create a cul-de-sac.* Introducing a no left turn into Slade Road by vehicles travelling down Avon Way.* Introducing a 20 mph limit along the whole length of Slade Road and St Peter's Road.* Installing pinch points/chicanes and other traffic calming measures from the junction of Slade Road/Stoke Road southwards to the junction of St Peter's Road/High Street.Slade Road Action Group chairman Reyna Knight said: "Analysis of surveys undertaken involving all households in Slade Road clearly show that there continues to be problems relating to the increased volume, speed and noise of traffic along the whole length of the road, leading to fears for the safety of pedestrians in general and children and the elderly in particular."There is considerable evidence of reckless and aggressive driving in the area and the predicted 50 per cent increase in traffic levels in Portishead in the near term will only aggravate an already serious problem.

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