Double-yellow lines planned to alleviate marina traffic

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 October 2018

Newfoundland Way, Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Newfoundland Way, Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Thousands of pounds will be spent to stop badly-parked cars blocking a pair of busy Portishead roads where emergency services and buses have suffered difficulties and delays.

North Somerset Council plans to paint double-yellow lines in Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way, near the marina, after bus drivers told of difficulties navigating through a maze of parked cars.

Hundreds of flats and houses were built by Persimmon at the marina more than a decade ago, and traffic issues have ensued since – with dozens of parked cars bordering the narrow streets, making it difficult for large vehicles in particular to squeeze through.

There have been occasions where even emergency services vehicles have struggled to navigate through the marina, which critics say has been overdeveloped, and after complaints from First Bus the council has agreed restrictions are necessary to alleviate the traffic woes.

The work will cost the council £3,000, and it will need permission from Persimmon before the painting can begin in Newfoundland Way as the road has not been adopted by the authority so it therefore does not hold autonomy on road regulations and its parking wardens cannot dish out tickets.

It is not yet known exactly where the regulations will be placed, but a council spokesman told the Times there will be a mixture of double and single-yellow lines installed to deter motorists from parking inappropriately.

They added: “We are preparing an experimental traffic order for waiting restrictions at several locations along Newfoundland and Phoenix Way.

“This has come about because the bus company is struggling to deliver its service. This has been agreed with the local members and the bus company and measures will be implemented in the coming weeks.

“We maintain Phoenix Way but not Newfoundland Way. Therefore, we are seeking the developer’s agreement to install the restrictions in Newfoundland Way.

“The final plans have not been prepared yet so the exact locations are not available, but the restrictions will be double and single-yellow lines.”

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