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Road in Bristol named ‘Cheers Drive’ following residents' vote

The 'Cheers Drive' road signs, which are due to be installed in the coming months. Credit: Twitter / @mthrel

A road in Bristol has been named ‘Cheers Drive’ following a public vote.

The residential road on a housing development in Speedwell was named by residents following a poll in 2018.

The phrase is commonly used by Bristolians when thanking a bus or taxi driver.

Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, who conducted the poll, said developers typically name the roads but in this case it was passed back to the council.

Cheers Drive now appears on Google Maps. Credit: Twitter / @mthrel

Generally streets are named by the developer but in this instance Persimmon Homes was happy for the council to do so.

There were four roads sent to me by street naming as the local councillor for the area, and I decided to go out to a public poll of Speedwell and Eastville residents.

Cheers Drive came top, and so I submitted it through to the developers along with the other names. This was back in May 2018 so I’ve been cracking up about it for almost two years.

– Cllr Mhairi Threlfall

The development is being built near Brook Road and Crofts End Road and now appears on Google Maps.

It is on the number 6 bus route to Kingswood about 100 yards (91m) from the bus stop.

The remaining three roads on the development will also be given names linked to the area.

One will be named Ron Stone Road after the councillor who represented the area for years while another will be called Dening Gardens after the architect of Speedwell Pool Charles Dening.

The fourth road will be called Kenney Lane after Bristol-based suffragette Annie Kenney.