Highwood Road closure council vote

Council meeting at Patchway College More than 500 residents turned up for the meeting at Patchway Community College

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More than 500 people who are upset about plans to ban cars from a road in north Bristol have attended a council meeting voting on a permanent closure.

Highwood Road in Patchway has been trialled as a bus and cycle route since last year in a bid to reduce congestion and let buses run more freely.

More than 800 people signed a petition against South Gloucestershire's plans to close the dual carriageway to cars.

The council will vote on whether to shut the road to cars for good.

A council meeting about the issue in September had to be postponed after more than 200 protesters turned up.

The vote was rescheduled and a larger venue chosen, as the council wanted "all those who wished to attend, and make representations, to be able to do so".

Highwood Road, Patchway Highwood Road is a busy commuter route linking Filton to shops at Cribbs Causeway

The petition had called for an end to the experimental traffic order which created the two-way bus lane.

Some local residents claimed it caused jams on nearby roads and they want the road to be converted back to a dual carriageway.

South Gloucestershire Council said the bus route was a "crucial element" in its £102m MetroBus scheme - part of the Greater Bristol Bus Network plan.

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