Hockeys Lane petition grows

September 04 2017

MORE than 1,000 people have now signed a petition calling for changes to the dangerous Hockey's Lane junction in Fishponds.

MORE than 1,000 people have now signed a petition calling for changes to the dangerous Hockey's Lane junction in Fishponds.

Campaigners are urging more residents to sign so they can increase the pressure on Bristol City Council to act.

If 3,500 signatures are gathered,  the issue can be raised at a council meeting.

Fiona Gleed, who started the petition, describing herself as "a Fishponds resident, parent, pedestrian, cyclist, driver" said the biggest concern was the risk to pedestrians.

Drivers coming down Fishponds Road towards Bristol frequently ignore the 'no left turn' signs, and drive into Hockey's Lane where people are using the pelican crossing.

Numerous near misses have been described on social media and passed to Frome Vale Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones, who is leading the campaign.

Earlier in the year, protest demonstrations were held at the site. The traffic signals have been adjusted, giving pedestrians less time to cross the road, but this has not solved the problem.

The Mayor, Marvin Rees, has visited the area, as did his predecessor George Ferguson,  but no new options have been put forward.

The ban on turning left was brought in six years ago as part of a package of measures to speed up bus services in the area. Since then, the Aldi supermarket has opened and the library has moved, increasing pedestrian flow in the area. 

You can find the petition at http://bit.ly/2wCjF1p