Consultation status: closed 8 February 2017
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to change the layout of the Glenfield Road and Bentley Avenue intersection in Glenfield.
We propose to:
- Add a pedestrian crossing across Glenfield Road from the shopping complex to the community centre.
- Realign the existing pedestrian crossings on Glenfield Road and Bentley Avenue.
- Upgrade the existing pedestrian crossing to a raised table at the slip lane of Glenfield Road.
- Remove the slip lane from Bentley Avenue turning left on Glenfield Road.
- Widen and extend the existing island outside the shopping complex to improve pedestrian safety.
- Remove one parking space outside the shopping complex to improve safety.
- Repainting the existing cycle lane and cycle boxes green.
- Reconstructing the existing islands at the end of Bentley Avenue.
- Adding 'Give Way' and 'No U Turn' signs on the island outside the shopping complex.
- Replacing the existing hump near the pedestrian crossing.
Why the changes are needed
This proposal is part of the overall town centre improvement programme, which will improve safety and access for pedestrians in the area.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed feedback. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
These changes are:
- Upgrade the drain covers to ensure they are cycle friendly.
- Extend the cycle lane from the traffic island outside the shops to join up with the existing cycle lane heading north on Glenfield Road.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Concern that widening the island outside the shops on Glenfield Road will lead to more congestion. The strip island outside the shops is proposed to be extended only, and will not be widened. Therefore, this proposal will not affect the traffic lane.
- Suggestion that the slip lane from Glenfield Road onto Bentley Avenue should be removed as well. The removal of both slip lanes would create an overly large intersection and result in excessive crossing distance for pedestrians. It would also increase delay for motorists at the intersection. A raised table with zebra crossing is considered to be the appropriate approach.
- Suggestion that the slip lane being removed should be kept instead and additionally a raised pedestrian crossing should be installed across it. The proposed removal of the southern slip lane would create a pedestrian friendly environment, promote safety and amenity especially for elderly people and school children. It would also be in line with the long term direction of making Glenfield Town Centre a safer area for pedestrians. The proposed signal crossing can provide pedestrian connectivity across the northern approach on Glenfield Road, and enhance the town centre environment. The removal of the angled car park is required for accommodating the proposed zebra crossing and kerb extension. It has also been observed that motorists enter this angled car park illegally from the northern end, therefore, the changes would stop these irregular movements at this location. The potential impact of removing the slip lane has been assessed by traffic modelling, which indicates there will be no significant impact to the traffic on Bentley Avenue. Glenfield Road is a key cycle connector route through the town centre area, with a growing number of cyclists riding on this route and the cycle provisions at this intersection are essential for cyclists and to provide travel choices for all road users.
- Request that the left turn lane from Glenfield Road onto Bentley Avenue should be narrowed in order for the pedestrian island size to be increased. The size of the traffic island is adequate for the pedestrian demand.
We expect to introduce this work starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/18, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.