New double yellow lines to tackle ‘dangerous’ parking

NEW double yellow lines and other parking restrictions are planned in Staple Hill and Soundwell to stop roads being blocked.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced a consultation on plans to add double yellow lines to a number of junctions where cars are frequently parked on corners, and other places where visibility and safety is affected.

It is also adding double yellows to some stretches of the roads surrounding Page Park, to stop drivers parking in front of the gates, and disabled parking bays on Broad Street.

Announcing a consultation on the plans, which runs until May 11, the council said: “The purpose of this scheme is to restrict dangerous areas of parking, maintain visibility at accesses and junctions, whilst ensuring that there is adequate parking provision for residents and visitors accessing the local shops, businesses, and the leisure centre.”

The council said the double yellow lines would “cover junctions/accesses and areas where traffic parking can reduce visibility and impact safety, and where access to service vehicles such as refuse lorries is currently hampered due to indiscriminate parking”.

Many of the new double yellow lines will be stretches of road currently covered by advisory white keep clear markings, which are being ignored by some drivers.

Among the roads where new double yellows are set to be introduced or extended are the high Street, Broad Street, Beaufort Road, Albert Road, Lydney Road, York Road, Clarence Avenue, Clarence Gardens, Kendall Road, Pendennis Road – where new keep clear markings for Christ Church Junior School are also proposed – Soundwell Road, Southernhay, South View, Station Road, Teewell Avenue and Teewell Hill.

Several stretches of Gloucester Road near the Tynings Primary School would also get double-yellow lines to stop parking on corners during the school run.

Parking restrictions on Church Road in Soundwell, outside Kingswood Leisure Centre, would be eased under the proposals, to make it easier for users of the centre to park.

New police, car club and electric vehicle spaces are planned in Broad Street.

Full details of the proposals can be found online in the consultations section of South Gloucestershire Council’s website, at

Anyone who is not online can call 01454 868897 for more information.

Meanwhile, the council’s scrutiny commission heard that the authority is fighting a losing battle against potholes.

Last month the Voice reported that one road in Downend, Salisbury Gardens, had been visited more than 30 times by council workers in the past two years.

The scrutiny meeting on March 27 heard that the number of potholes reported in the district rocketed from 3,189 between April and September 2022 to 12,695 over the same period last year.

And while repairs have also shot up, from 4,980 to 11,606, the highways team is struggling to keep pace.