MP for The Cotswolds, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, organised a meeting with three council officers – Cllr Tony Hicks, Mayor Stephen Hirst and Cllr Colin Pearce – along with Richard Gray from GCC and local business-owner David Liloshak to discuss what could be done to improve the town centre junction of London Road.
Following the sad fatality last year, a number of relatively low cost options were discussed to improve the junction, which included possible provision of slip roads, railings to prevent pedestrians crossing at dangerous points, improving poorly-placed signage, converting give way junctions to stop and created clearer crossing points.
Most controversially, discussions were had surrounding signposting Bath and Bristol via the A4135 rather than through the town on the A433.
There was considerable scepticism amongst council officers at the beginning of the meeting that anything could be done to improve the junction. It was admitted that the council’s consultants – Aikens – had concluded that with the additional 800 houses that have been and will be built in Tetbury over the next few years the junction does require improvement.
After strong encouragement by the MP, who stated that the Government had given Gloucestershire County Council the additional funding to carry out road improvements, the officials present admitted that most of the minor improvements to the junction would not even require a traffic regulation order. It was agreed that officials would go away and conduct an in-depth study to see what improvement could be made.
Following the meeting the MP stated:
‘The meeting started very negatively but by the end I was confident that the county council would be able to make some improvements to the junction.’
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