Our consultation for St John’s lane and Wedmore Vale closed on 20th February 2017. We are currently reviewing all feedback received, and we are re-assessing the design.
The most frequent aspects raised were:
- Removal of parking along Wedmore Vale
- Lack of priority for pedestrians and cycles over side roads at St John’s Lane
- The closure of the southern arm of Marksbury Rd (where it meets Wedmore Vale)
We are currently aiming to present revised designs online in early May.
Who is funding this work, and why is it taking place?This project is funded by the Department for Transport, as part of the Cycle City Ambition Grant programme, announced in November 2014.
What does the buffer zone between the cycleway and pathway/ cycleway and road consist of? Is it raised or flat?The buffer section is dropped to carriageway level outside a driveway (and for the associated splays), and at other times it is a full height kerb. It consists of a single line of pavers between the kerb and the cycle section. This is included so that people cycling are a safe distance away from vehicles using the road.
Are you proposing to remove the existing puffin crossing near the junction of Wedmore Vale and St John’s Lane?We are not proposing any changes to this crossing – our proposals have included this crossing in the designs, and we understand it is an important place for children at the local school to cross the road.
The new Toucan crossing at Almorah Rd is an addition to this crossing, included to help people walking and cycling cross a busy road.
Will parking restrictions be on both sides of Wedmore Vale?We are currently proposing parking restrictions along both sides of Wedmore Vale, between St John’s Lane and Wingfield Road. This will be reviewed when the consultation period closes on the 20th February.
Are you proposing a full closure of Marksbury Road at the junction with Wedmore Vale?No. Our proposals include ‘cycle only’ access on the southern arm, with the northern arm open to all vehicles. Access to and from Marksbury Rd at Wedmore Vale is still possible.
Why are you proposing to close the southern arm of Marksbury Road?This is in response to historic concerns about traffic speeds, if vehicles are heading northbound down Wedmore Vale, and turn into Marksbury Road. The long and gradual bend at this junction means that vehicles can make the turning at a relatively high speed. The proposals will mean that vehicles will have to make a sharper turn instead, and this should help to reduce speeds. The sharper turn and slightly extended route may also help to deter through-traffic along Marksbury Road.