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Lib Dems seek changes to roundabout scheme

September 9, 2020 8:57 PM

Sarah Sawyer and Linda Castle at Cheltenham Road roundaboutLonglevens Liberal Democrats are demanding changes are made to the Cheltenham Road roundabout in order to make it safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Sarah Sawyer and Linda Castle have raised their concerns with the Conservative-run county council about the safety of the roundabout.

New cycle lanes were installed along Estcourt Road as part of a scheme to improve the cycle network between Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Changes to the road layout mean vehicles on Estcourt Road are pushed into the right-hand lane as they approach the roundabout.

Motorists then have to cut across the cycle lanes to turn left onto Cheltenham Road.

Lib Dem campaigner Sarah Sawyer said: "We are supportive of measures to encourage more cycling and also make cycling safer.

"But we're not convinced in its current form the changes to the roundabout achieve this.

"There are very few signs on the approach to the roundabout to warn all road users of the layout.

"The cycle lanes are also unmarked and could easily be mistaken for a filter lane. I have witnessed cars driving up the narrow cycle lanes and turning left into Cheltenham Road."

Lib Dem campaigner Linda Castle said: "Local residents have also complained about the changes and many were unaware they were even happening."

Highways officers said the scheme was half-finished and further work was to be carried out.

Linda added: "I cannot understand why proper road markings were not part done first. Creating confusion and danger is not the answer."