Bristol

Barrow Gurney traffic scheme scrapped

A proposed scheme to reduce traffic in Barrow Gurney near Bristol has been scrapped after opposition from residents and commuters.

The village is often used by motorists as a route to Bristol Airport despite its narrow roads.

North Somerset Council wanted to install traffic lights and wider pavements on the main road.

But a consultation showed 61% of residents and 76% of commuters were against the plans.

The council thought the changes would encourage motorists to use alternative routes such as the A3029 or the B3133.

They added the extra traffic was "recognised as a nuisance for residents in the village".

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, the council's deputy leader, said although there was some support for the scheme the majority were against it.

"This included a majority of local village residents and neighbouring parish councils, concerned that traffic would simply divert through equally narrow and more dangerous routes," he said.

"In particular concerns were raised about what was being suggested as a traffic light trial would cost in the region of £30,000."

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