North Somerset Council scraps plans to close some rural roads to traffic

North Somerset Council has cancelled plans to close some rural roads to traffic.

Last month, as reported by Highways News, the council published an order to ban through traffic from a network of 34 lanes in some areas of the county.

This was part of plans to provide space on these roads for cyclists and walkers while still giving access to residents and businesses.

There were also plans to look at introducing physical measures to block off the lanes to traffic, although this will be subject to further consultation, according to a report by the Bristol Post.

The plans were included in the authority’s Active Travel Strategy with the vision to make ‘walking and cycling the natural choice for a cleaner, healthier and more active North Somerset.’

The measures were set be supported by reducing speed limits, introducing ‘entrance gateways’, traffic calming and introducing physical measures to close roads to vehicles.

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