Muller Road congestion plan thrown open to public

March 11 2019
Muller Road congestion plan thrown open to public

Proposals to improve public transport routes and increase pedestrian safety along one of Bristol’s busiest roads have been put forward in a new public consultation.

Muller Road becomes extremely congested, especially during peak times, meaning bus travel times can be unreliable for commuters. Horfield and Lockleaze residents are being invited to share their views on the plans. As well as the existing Fairfield School, a new school will be opening this September on Romney Avenue and new Aldi and Lidl supermarkets have recently opened along Muller Road. With housing developments planned in Lockleaze for over 1,000 new homes over the next few years, Bristol City Council is planning the necessary transport improvements to keep everyone moving effectively while improving the environment for existing residents.

What is being proposed

A summary of the proposals is shown below; space does not allow us to publish every single detail but they can all be found on the Council’s Consultation Page which can be accessed at Leaflets are being delivered to local residents.

  • Adding an extra southbound (towards the M32) lane to sections of Muller Road for buses, coaches, cyclists, taxis and motorcycles. This would free up the existing lanes for other vehicles.

  • Upgrading all bus stops along Muller Road, to bring them all up to a modern standard.

  • Transforming a large section of pavement alongside Muller Road by widening it to at least three metres wide and allowing use by both pedestrians and cyclists, extending and improving traffic-free routes for all users. Around seven trees would be lost as part of creating the path - we’ve reduced this loss as much as possible.

  • Creating a new traffic light controlled junction where Ralph Road meets Muller Road. This is a measure requested by the planning officers working with Lidl to reduce the impact on traffic of the new supermarket.

  • A new traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing near The Old Library, to replace a pedestrian island which is heavily used by schoolchildren and other pedestrians.

  • A new traffic light controlled pedestrian and cyclist crossing near Tackley Road, to allow easy access between Muller Road and Tackley Road.

  • Reducing delays at the Glenfrome Road junction by banning one of the right turns, potentially increasing the time the lights are green for Muller Road drivers by an hour every day.

  • Making some side streets one way. This will improve safety and reduce delays along the whole of Muller Road by reducing the number of vehicles turning across traffic using Muller Road.

  • Closing direct access to Springfield Avenue from Muller Road to reduce rat-running, improve safety and reduce the high accident rate at the junction with Draycott Road.

The proposed new bus lanes would require parking restrictions along both sides of the road, to allow for free-flowing vehicles.

Other parking restrictions are proposed, to help make junctions work better - for example, at the junction of Gloucester Road and Muller Road, parked vehicles currently mean that it's often impossible to have more than five vehicles in the left turn lane. Extending the parking restriction here would reduce journey times and make the junction work better.

Who will be most affected

There will be a complete loss of all parking at the Old Library which will bring its ability to continue as a community space into question if solutions cannot be found. There will be a similar loss of parking for residents with Muller Road addresses with no solutions being offered. Parents with children at Glenfrome School are also seriously impacted by these proposals.

The Council say

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “Muller Road is a busy route for both commuters and pedestrians. Safety of our school children is paramount and with two secondary schools within a mile of each other, we need to improve safety provisions. We are also very keen to make sustainable transport a choice that’s easier for everyone to make, and these proposals will mean walking, cycling and bus journeys are more feasible and pleasant for all.

We also need to take into account new homes, jobs and schools, and the increased journeys these will bring, and these proposals respond to growth in the area.”

There will be a series of drop-in sessions at The Old Library and Horfield UC Church Hall for residents wanting to discuss the plans and share their views, and the dates and times of these events can be found in the What’s On section towards the back of this publication.

The online consultation will be open from Monday 25th February until Sunday 7th April.

Local residents say

Speaking to the Horfield and Lockleaze Voice Tamsin Costigan says, “They absolutely need to address the Eastgate roundabout before They do anything to Muller Road. Badly timed traffic lights and stationary traffic across junctions are a huge factor to Muller Road being at a stand still during rush hour traffic. Adding a bus lane will not improve that situation if the buses have nowhere to go once they reach the roundabout! And that's just for starters, don't get me started on losing precious parking spaces for residents and users of our local facilities such as The Old Library, Purdown and the sports facilities at Fairfield!! I look forward to putting my views across at the consultations”. Lisa Samuels adds, “the backlog is to do with Eastgate. I’ve been watching the traffic today and there’s barely a bus that gets stuck it’s always other vehicles so I doubt bus lanes are the solution here. I agree more crossings are required for Fairfield school and Ralph Road is a tricky road to cross but the temporary crossings in place at the moment already cause more problems to the smooth running of the traffic so these need to be carefully placed. Closing Glenfrome to right turns too?? Surely this helps the traffic move around and not clog up the main roundabout?” Ermintrude Cownie says, “I cycle up muller road to and from work. I would not use a shared use pavement as it would not allow me priority over traffic joining at junctions. Cyclists should have their own lanes (especially uphill) to avoid entanglement with other vehicles. Also, I run a community group at the old library. Where will people park for it. I wouldn’t pay £4 for a bus return from the top of lockleaze to Muller Road”