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Queen Charlton Lane through-traffic restriction proposal

In response to community feedback, we are proposing a through-traffic restriction on Queen Charlton Lane between Whitchurch village and Queen Charlton, as part of our Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) programme.

Our proposals aim to remove through traffic from this narrow rural route, keeping commuter traffic on the main road network. This will make the route safer for local residents, children, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

In August 2022, we asked whether you supported a trial of a through-traffic restriction at this location and gathered feedback from the community on a preliminary design.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme

This is one of four proposals for through-traffic restrictions across Bath and North East Somerset being piloted ahead of wider improvements under the community-led LN programme.

The LN programme aims to improve health and wellbeing through safer, quieter residential streets and rural roads with better spaces for walking, wheeling and meeting others outside.

Area background

Queen Charlton Lane is a narrow road that provides access to the Maes Knoll residential development in Whitchurch village, Queen Charlton Cattery, Furthermead Farm, the village of Queen Charlton and several field access points along the route.

A map showing Queen Charlton lane

Select a topic below to find out more about the challenges on this road, and what residents have told us during our public engagements so far.

Current challenges

Queen Charlton Lane is heavily used by through traffic in the morning and afternoon peaks. According to residents, drivers use this route to 'queue jump' the traffic at the Woollard Lane/A37 junction.

In addition, locals have reported fly-tipping incidents along this road due to its rural location.

Through traffic due to 'short-cutting'

This route is often used by 'queue-jumpers' looking to beat peak time queues at the Woollard Lane/A37 junction. This can lead to complacency and careless driver behaviour.

A map showing the through traffic route on Queen Charlton Lane

Speeding traffic

The carriageway is straight and clear but narrow at 6 metres wide. There is no centre line. This could lead to speeding traffic, increasing the risk to other road users, especially pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

An image of a common speeding location on Queen Charlton Lane

Poor pedestrian provision

There are no footpaths along the length of the route, except for a short section of 'virtual footway' from the A37 to the Maes Knoll development. This is indicated with road markings, rather than a kerb.

An image of the pedestrian provision on Queen Charlton Lane

What residents have said

In a public engagement on our LN programme in December 2021, the majority of respondents from the Whitchurch village and Queen Charlton area supported the installation of traffic interventions.

97% of respondents highlighted that speeding traffic was an issue in the area, while 88% of respondents highlighted through traffic as a concern.

96% of respondents stated that restrictions on through traffic and or HGVs would have the biggest impact to make this area safer.

Our proposals

We are proposing to trial two sets of droppable bollards (modal filters) along Queen Charlton Lane. Coming from the west (A37), the first modal filter would be located just after Furthermead Farm, while the second would be just before Dapwell Lane.

To view the preliminary design, click the pin on the map below. A link to the preliminary design will then appear.

The two sets of bollards would restrict vehicle access to provide a traffic-free area between the two points, but would allow pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to pass. Emergency services and local farm traffic would still be able to access this route.

Both proposed locations provide space for a vehicle to make a three-point turn if needed.

We also consulted with key stakeholders such as the emergency services, waste, highways and local landowners during this engagement. Their feedback would ensure that all service and farm vehicle needs are accommodated should there be a decision to proceed.

Select a topic below to read more about where the filters will be located, droppable bollards, how traffic movements would be amended and how these proposals would benefit the community.

Location detail

Both proposed locations provide adequate space for a vehicle to make a three-point turn if required, as shown in the images below.

An image of the western three-point-turn location on Queen Charlton Lane

An image of the eastern three-point-turn location on Queen Charlton Lane

Additional waiting restrictions may be required to preserve the turning area, including double yellow lines and signage.

We would provide advance warning signs to warn motorists that they would not be able to use Queen Charlton Lane as a through route. We are proposing a ‘new road layout ahead’ sign and a 'no through road' sign on new posts just after the entrance to Maes Knoll Drive from the west, and a ‘no through road’ sign and a 'new road layout ahead' sign on new posts as you approach Queen Charlton Lane from Queen Charlton in the east.

We would also have to provide temporary signs for a limited period.

How the proposals benefit the community

The modal filters would create a traffic-free area. The reduced through traffic will allow the local community to reclaim the road space, providing a safe and secure route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Through traffic would be moved back to the main roads that are designed to take this traffic.

While residents of Queen Charlton would not be able to use Queen Charlton Lane to access the A37, they would benefit from fewer passing vehicles and quieter, safer roads and streets.

Landowners and emergency vehicles would still have access to the route when needed, maintaining the access corridor between Whitchurch village and the village of Queen Charlton.

Along with physical restrictions, we are working with residents – especially where issues have been identified – to reduce reliance on cars where possible, especially for short trips that could be walked or wheeled. This is to help reduce congestion on all roads, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. There are also health, wellbeing and financial benefits for the individual.

Developing liveable neighbourhoods is not all about physical interventions and will rely in part on everyone finding healthier, sustainable ways to do short journeys.

Read more about droppable bollards

Droppable bollards are collapsible physical barriers that prevent most vehicles from passing, while still providing space on either side for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to pass.

An image of a collapsible bollard modal filter

Emergency services, service vehicles, and other selected entities (such as landowners whose field entrances are along Queen Charlton Lane) would be able to use a key or pin number to lower the barrier, allowing them to pass.

Traffic movements

The modal filter would divert inappropriate vehicular traffic along Charlton Road and Woolard Lane, as shown in the image below.

A map showing the diversion of traffic from Queen Charlton Lane

This is approximately a 1km increase in distance for vehicles to access the Village of Queen Charlton from Whitchurch village and vice versa.

Have your say

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In-person engagement

We held an in-person public engagement event on 17 August 2022, where residents could discuss the proposals in more detail with a member of our team.

An online and printed questionnaire was available for people to indicate their support for the proposal with an invitation to leave further comments and suggestions. 

Consultation results

The consultation closed on 30 August 2022.

Read the engagement feedback report and the single member decision

What happens next

A final decision on whether or not to proceed with a trial will be made in early November.

Assuming there is support for the vehicle restriction, we will draw up a more detailed design, taking on board residents’ comments.

The restriction would then be temporarily installed from Autumn 2022, under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO).

This trial would run for 6 months. During this time, residents and the wider public could experience the changes and see how it affects traffic movements. We would ask for your views on the restriction during a 12-month formal consultation.

We would inform residents and the public of the details before a trial starts, including the final design, installation date and how you can formally have your say. We will consider all comments before deciding to permanently adopt any restriction.


Should a trial be approved, we will monitor local traffic movements using automatic traffic counts and cameras. This would happen towards the end of the trial period and will be compared to baseline data collected before any trial starts (in Autumn 2022).

We will publish the data to show any impact of the restriction on local traffic movements. It will inform any decision to permanently adopt the restriction.

View the project timeline