Joy as long-awaited Kingsway link road finally opens

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By Bodger21 | Friday, February 22, 2013, 06:52

Quedgeley parish councillor Barry Kirby has taken to Twitter to announce his joy that the long-awaited link road between Naas Lane and Kingsway has finally opened.

Issues concerning adoption of the drainage system and balancing ponds which drain the area around the road saw developer Robert Hitchins' repeated assurances of a completion date for the link road come and pass, leaving frustrated residents unable to access Kingsway from the Naas Lane roundabout - by car or by foot.

For several years the road was blocked at both ends by concrete barriers - preventing access to the businesses on the stretch of road there.

In particular, mums with babies and young children walking to and from the BarBar Nursery, complained about the difficulties they were encountering trying to navigate the silt, rubble, mud and deep puddles with prams, buggies and toddlers in tow.

Gloucestershire Highways refused to adopt the road until a recognised authority adopted the balancing ponds and agreed to take on the responsibility for their on-going maintenance.

Neither Severn Trent Water or Gloucestershire Highways would agree - the latter claiming that they do not form part of the highway network.

Prolonged negotiations between Robert Hitchins and Gloucester City Council eventually saw an agreement reached. Gloucestershire Highways agreed to adopt the road, works to finish laying it have finally been completed and it is, at last, open to traffic.

Writing in his blog, Councillor Kirby said: "It may not seem much, a 500m stretch of road, but in terms of seeing progression, this has been a sore point now for around three years.  

"It will do a lot to cut fuel consumption, make access to each side of the estate easier and also allow better access to the Quedgeley amenities, such as the park and ride.  

"However in the short-term," he warned, "people must be on their guard and not get taken unawares at the new road layout."

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