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Campaign to ease traffic problems on Craven Way steps up

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Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, and local residents who have been campaigning with Jo for practical measures to ease traffic problems on Craven Way are organising a public meeting about the campaign on 7th July.

Jo met with residents concerned about the speed of traffic along Craven Way in April, and helped set up a petition that she and the residents have been building over the last two months.

So far more than 350 local residents have signed the petition, and more and more residents are getting involved to collect signatures and talk to their neighbours about their concerns and the campaign.

Anne Sheppard, who lives on Craven Way and has been calling for improvements to the traffic calming measures on the road since 2010, is hosting the meeting on 7th July to give local residents the opportunity to find out more about the campaign and how they can help, and to hear from more local residents about why they are concerned.  This will ensure that their personal experience can be fed back to the Council along with the petition.

Residents recently met with Christopher Harris, the Highways Engineer on South Gloucestershire Council, who outlined plans that are being drafted for new traffic calming measures. These are in the very early stages, but show at least that residents are at last being listened to.

Anne Sheppard said: "We have been working with Jo McCarron and the local Labour team to make sure action is taken to deal with this dangerous stretch of road.  It is great news that the Council may now be sitting up and listening, with plans now being drafted that will hopefully get onto the Council’s local transport priority list."

Jo McCarron said: “The traffic is clearly a serious concern for residents here, including parents crossing the road to take their children to school every day and elderly people who I know feel the road is not safe for them to cross. I’m pleased to be working with Anne and other local campaigners to try and make sure residents are listened to. Please sign the petition if you haven’t already, and please get in touch if you’d like to come to the meeting on 7th July.”

The meeting on 7th July is at 7pm. Residents who would like to attend can sign up for more details here.

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