Yate and Sodbury’s congested road network will soon be unlocked, as local campaigners and our local MP have secured the return of a right-hand turn from Heron Way.
South Gloucestershire Council have agreed to reinstate the right-hand turn off of Heron Way on to Kennedy Way, following a community campaign led by Luke Hall MP.
Currently, buses, taxis, bikes and motorcycles can use the right-turn lane at this junction, but cars must turn left towards the Link Road roundabout, pushing more cars towards Yate and causing more congestion.
The local Conservatives have been campaigning to re-introduce a right hand turn since 2017, supported by hundreds of residents who filled in Luke Hall’s survey and signed the petition.
Over 84% of respondents to the MPs survey backed the campaign, stating that they supported a more controlled exit of traffic from Heron Way, which will reduce the amount of traffic heading into Yate and reduce journey times.
Campaigners took this petition to South Gloucestershire Council, sharing the feedback that they had received from local residents. South Gloucestershire Council have now confirmed that they will re-open the right-hand turn and install signals at the junction, easing congestion at the Scott Way roundabout, allowing quicker pick up times for local parents and pupils, and enhancing commuters access to the main A432 and M4.
Sodbury Town Councillor, Becky Romaine commented: “We are delighted that our campaign to reinstate the right-hand turn from Heron Way onto Kennedy Way has been successful. This will help get Chipping Sodbury and Yate moving, create a greener road network, and prevent knock-on congestion in our local towns and villages.”
Local MP Luke Hall commented: “Re-opening the right-hand turn off Heron Way has been a key part of my Positive Plan for transport in South Gloucestershire for a long time, and I am delighted that the Council have agreed to our proposals. This gets us one step further to getting South Gloucestershire Moving!"
Reopening the Heron Way right-hand turn will:
Enhance journey times for commuters and families
Improve pick-up and drop-off times for parents and their children at the local school.
Unlock the road network, with quicker access to the A432 and the M4.
Relieve congestion and gridlock at the Scott Way Roundabout, which he’ll to reduce pollution.
Many thanks to everyone who has supported this campaign, and who took the time to complete the Heron Way survey.
This is a key step forward in our Positive Plan for Transport, and will help to Get Yate and Sodbury Moving!