Bollards and Waiting Restrictions coming to a Dunstable Street Near You

Report by Alan D Winter Updated 3 March 2021
A traffic management exercise for Dunstable has agreed white lines and bollards to prevent unauthorised parking on various roads in North West Dunstable.

The Traffic management Meeting met virtually on 3 March to review the Safety-Critical Parking Measures as proposed.



In December 2018, Central Bedfordshire Council commissioned the completion of a parking study on all roads in the north-west quadrant of Dunstable (the area bound by High Street North and West Street but excluding these roads). The parking study included a manual count of all vehicles parked over a 12-hour period on two separate days. The data collected identified roads (or parts of roads) that have a high demand for on-street parking. It has also highlighted other issues such as parking on footways, unauthorised vehicle crossovers, parking close to junctions and parking in such a way that a fire appliance could be obstructed in the event of an emergency.

No Waiting

A report to the meeting emphasised Rule 243 of the Highway Code which  states the following:
DO NOT stop or park:
  • near a school entrance
  • anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
  • on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
  • opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
  • where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
  • where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
  • in front of an entrance to a property
  • on a bend
  • where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when forced to do so by stationary traffic. 

The proposed waiting restrictions look to highlight the Highway Code and to make it clear to vehicle owners where they shouldn’t park. 

The proposal includes the implementation of no waiting at any time restrictions at the following junctions:
  • Benning Avenue, at the junction with Worthington Road
  • Benning Avenue, at the junction with Franklin Road
  • Brewers Hill Road, access to Weatherfield Academy
  • Brewers Hill Road, at the junction with Hillcroft
  • Chiltern Road, at the junction with Nursery Close
  • Weatherby/ Hillcroft, at the junction with Greenfield Close
  • Salters Way, at the junction with Ravenscourt
  • Salters Way, at the junction with Sunbower Avenue
  • Salters Way, at the junction with Palma Close
  • Salters Way, at the junction leading to garages, between No.s 32 and 34 Salters Way 
  • Sunbower Avenue, at the junction with England’s Avenue
  • Sunbower Avenue, at the junction with Barrie Avenue
  • Sunbower Avenue, at the junction with Barley Brow
  • Weatherby (main road), at the junction with Weatherby (cul-de-sac, leading to Nos. 50-74)
The proposal for Albion Street is that no waiting at any time restriction was proposed instead of the no waiting Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Marked bays were proposed to maximise parking availability for Weatherby (cul-de-sac leading to No.s 50-74), Palma Close, Salters Way, Ravenscourt, Sunbower Avenue.

More parking would be created at the lay-by on Weatherby (opposite the cul-de-sac leading to Nos 50-74) by shortening the bus stop. 

School Keep Clear marking for opposite No. 94 to opposite No. 90 Brewers Hill Road.

Bollards

It is proposed to install bollards at the following junctions: 
  • Aidans Close at the junction with Hillcroft
  • Aldbanks at the junction with Aldbanks (opposite Nos. 68-70)
  • Cusworth Way at the junction with Hillcroft
  • Hillcroft at the junction with Brewers Hill Road
  • Ivy Close at the junction with Hillcroft 
  • Norman Way at the junction with Weatherby
These are all junctions that were identified within the parking study to have vehicles regularly parking on the footway. 

Bollards are also proposed to be installed on Brewers Hill Road along the frontage of the play area in between the junctions of Hillcroft and Aldbanks

Further reading on the proposals, the public notices, the maps, and the consultation feedback, please see this Agenda Item for the 3 March 2021 meeting.



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