Council calls for thoughts on Downs Road one way system

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A controversial one way system in Downs Road is coming under scrutiny.

Central Bedfordshire Council has opened a consultation on the system after receiving a petition demanding it be scrapped.

The road layout was officially changed in 2013 and proved so contentious one Conservative councillor, Neal Reynolds, quit his part over it.

Now the council has agreed to consult Dunstable residents about the proposal to remove the system.

A traffic survey was commissioned to monitor the traffic in Downs Road and the surrounding streets earlier this summer which showed that while there had been reductions in traffic in some areas since it was initally trialled in 2011, there continues to be rat-running in the area.

So the council will now consult local residents on proposals to remove the current one way system.

As part of the council’s long term plans to improve Dunstable, traffic congestion will be eased considerably in 2017 with the opening of both the Woodside Link and A5-M1 link roads.

In this context, the council plans a further review of traffic management in Dunstable, when these major road improvements have been completed.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services said: “Four years on from the introduction of the traffic calming scheme, it is clear that many local residents are unhappy about the impact it has had.

“This is a difficult issue because there are others who have benefited from it.

“So, whilst appreciating that we may not be able to satisfy everyone living in the area, we do feel the time is now right for us to invite feedback from the community which we will consider carefully before taking any further decisions.”

The consultation will be available on the council’s consultation webpage http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations when it goes live and will be widely communicated through conventional and social media.