Parking and bus problems creating an "accident waiting to happen" in Benhall
INCONSIDERATE parkers and the lack of a bus lay by are creating an "accident waiting to happen" around Benhall, according to a councillor.
Councillor Jacky Fletcher (Cons, Benhall and The Reddings) is frustrated and wants to see action to make the streets in her ward safer.
She said she had contacted Gloucestershire Highways about a number of issues, but was waiting for changes.
Mrs Fletcher is concerned drivers on the A40 near Tennyson Road are having to face oncoming traffic when a bus stops as there is no pull in spot for buses anymore.
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She said: "I myself have had to dodge cars and could have been a goner myself.
"But it isn't just me, I've had complaints from other residents in the area. I know buses don't like a lay by as a bus stop as they say they struggle to get out, but it is much safer than having cars dodging around it and going on the wrong side of the road."
Mrs Fletcher was also concerned about the increase of parking in Benhall Avenue again.
She believed the cars belonged to GCHQ workers, as they were not there over the weekends. She said: "All the cars parking along the road are forcing delivery lorries onto the central reservation, which is being ruined – it is becoming a blot."
She also said there were visibility problems with cars parking at Miserden Road as drivers could not see oncoming vehicles.
Public consultation will be taking place for a new £16.5 million park- and-ride scheme at Elmbridge Court, which aims to tackle congestion on the A40 and improve transport between Cheltenham, Churchdown and Gloucester.
But Mrs Fletcher said the proposals for a 1,000 space car park and more buses between Gloucester and Cheltenham would not come to fruition early enough to solve the current problems in Benhall.
Gloucestershire Highway's area traffic manager, Jason Humm, said parking around Benhall and the impact of GCHQ was causing problems. However, he said he was not aware of issues around Miserden Road.