Black spot refused safety solution

PUBLISHED: 02:23 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010

NONSENSE EU regulations have stopped a roundabout being built on a busy junction because it will cost £1million according to highway chiefs. The A38 in Cross Lane, Cross, saw yet another road accident involving two cars which left people needing hospital

NONSENSE EU regulations have stopped a roundabout being built on a busy junction because it will cost £1million according to highway chiefs.The A38 in Cross Lane, Cross, saw yet another road accident involving two cars which left people needing hospital treatment, but Somerset County Council says building a roundabout to make the road safer would mean digging up land, including the New Inn car park, because according to EU regulations the roads are too narrow.Compton Bishop Parish Council has been campaigning for years to get traffic measures on this notorious junction - which has contributed to the 55 per cent of people injured in rural road black spots with a speed limit of more than 40mph in the last five years.Axbridge's beat officer PC Stuart Bullett said: "There is some community pressure in Cross for road improvements to be made at the Cross Lane junction."The parish council asked for a roundabout at a site meeting with Somerset County Council in June, but the request has been rejected because it would cost too much money.Parish council chairman Michael Tobin said: "Somerset County Council has suggested re-painting the road markings. This is not good enough and it will not fix the problem."Speed cameras on the A38 have helped reduce accidents but residents and councillors want extra safety measures.Parish councillor Ian Tabrett said: "We were very disappointed with Somerset County Council's response. It said we do not have enough accidents to even have speed cameras. That's absolute nonsense."Somerset County Council's portfolio holder for highways, Cllr Tony Shire said: "The council is looking at low cost measures to improve the situation and a meeting with the safety audit team is planned in the near future to consider proposals which have been submitted by Compton Bishop Parish Council."The latest crash took place on November 21 at 4.45pm.

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