One man war in Barton after drivers ignore one-way signs
KEVIN Powell has waged a one man war for the last six years to get traffic driving the right way along his Barton street, but to no avail.
Mr Powell, who lives in Hatfield Road, has complained on numerous occasions about drivers ignoring the one-way system and driving along the street towards Barton Street regardless of the regulations.
The one-way street permits motorists to only drive along the road in one direction from Barton Street, but it is regularly ignored.
"On Thursday evening I was watching television and saw no less than five vehicles going the wrong way along Hatfield Road," said Mr Powell.
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"That is only the vehicles that I saw going the wrong way, undoubtedly there would have been more.
"Despite there being 'no entry' signs at the junction of India Road and Hatfield Road, the signage there is clearly inadequate, as motorists either choose to ignore it or cannot see it."
In addition to his annoyance, Mr Powell has also raised safety concerns.
He said: "Apart from the law-breaking aspect of going the wrong way down Hatfield Road, the junction with Barton Street is a dangerous one.
"When going the wrong way through that junction it would be difficult to see traffic approaching from the right, and vehicles entering Hatfield Road correctly would not be expecting vehicles to be emerging from that junction into Barton Street. I would suggest changes should be made to the road markings at the junction of India Road and Hatfield Road.
"I would suggest that the right hand lane at the junction should be 'blocked' by painting hatching over the lane, encouraging vehicles to use only the left hand lane. It would also help if the words 'No entry' could be painted at the junction."
Gloucester city councillor Saj Patel (C, Barton and Tredworth) admits the issue needs addressing.
He said: "This has been an issue for the last 20 years, if not longer.
"There is an issue with cars pulling out of St James Club which is on the corner of the road and driving the wrong way.
"Cars driving the wrong way raises a serious safety issue and it needs to be sorted before someone is killed.
"Children play in that road and they might not be expecting cars to be coming from both directions.
"I will look into the signage there."