In August 2016 local residents formed the Winsley Hill Traffic Action Group (WHTAG) in order to address concerns about traffic on the B3108 in the vicinity of bridge 175. The B3108 is on a main bus route and is a busy road being a main route from Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge to Bath. Our main concerns were:
Lack of pedestrian footpath between the canal and river bridges
Lack of pedestrian footpath over the canal bridge
Excess speed of vehicles along a stretch of road that has a number of blind bends making it dangerous for all road users and particularly difficult for residents to exit from their driveways
Where we are now...
Objective 1) We are pleased to report that after 18 months lobbying and working with Winsley Parish council our first objective has been met with the creation of a new pedestrian pathway (see photo above left). Read more ...
Objective 2) Having explored all other options we are now in the process of planning a pedestrian bridge over the canal - this is our Bridge@175 project which in Oct 2019 became a registered charity (no. 1185881)
Objective 3) Lobbying for a reduction in speed is ongoing.
Account from a local resident:
'... I was driving down Winsley Hill and saw a man on a mobility scooter stuck before a parked car on the footpath and unable to cross the verge onto the road. Two pedestrians stopped, helped him off the scooter, manhandled it over the verge and helped him remount and go on his way.'
A Pedestrian bridge - BRIDGE@175
Wiltshire Highways ruled out the possibility of a pedestrian pavement over the canal bridge as it is only the minimum width (6m) for a carriageway. Single file traffic is also not possible due to insufficient sightline for drivers. Consequently, the only safe alternative is a pedestrian bridge beside the existing stone bridge. As Wiltshire Highways cannot fund this, we are fundraising for the bridge ourselves.
The Parish Council have been supportive of the need to address concerns about the speed limit not just down Winsley Hill but along the whole length of road from the roundabout at the junction of Bradford Road.