Redhouse residents have risen up to object to Swindon Council’s proposal to paint yellow lines along Redhouse Way to ease traffic flow, reduce delays on the bus service and improve the speed emergency vehicles can reach their objective.
The congestion on the road has existed for most of the ten years since it was built, largely caused by the design of the area in the 1990s which was based on reducing car ownership and encouragement to use public transport.
The council plan is to ban parking or waiting along the north side of Redhouse Way and part of the south side, and to have no waiting from Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm on part of the south side.
People living in houses fronting onto the road who park their vehicles outside their homes say their lives are going to be ruined by the restrictions imposed upon them. Yulia Todd said: “It will have a huge impact on the people living on Redhouse Way and everybody in surrounding roads. Some houses have designated parking spaces, others have a garage which is too small to get a car in, there is no alternative to parking outside your house.
“I have a baby in a carry cot; the lady across the road has a special needs child who is picked up and dropped off by taxi that stops on Redhouse Way. We don’t have the option of parking far away from the house.”
Over the years people have worked out their own arrangement to park on one side of the road and Redhouse Way resident Martine Steinhart believes the parked cars have a traffic calming effect. “If there is a clear route, people will drive much faster. Not being able to park on Redhouse Way means car owners will look for spaces in nearby side streets and cul-de-sacs. It’s a much bigger problem than just one road.”
The council has agreed to carry out further consultations before making a final decision.