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Busy Worle road has people ‘scared out of their wits’ every time they want to go outside

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 March 2017

Summer Lane residents speak out about the 'dangerous' road they live on.

Summer Lane residents speak out about the 'dangerous' road they live on.

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People say they ‘take their life in their own hands’ when trying to cross a ‘dangerous’ road in Worle – but there is hope its speed limit could be reduced.

Summer Lane has been labelled a hotspot for fast and dangerous driving in the past few years by people living in the area.

However, only two accidents resulting in injury have been reported to North Somerset Council and Highways England has said there is ‘no pattern’ in the collisions.

The busy road connects the A370 to New Bristol Road and is surrounded by housing, supermarkets and community buildings.

Resident Nic Shore said the road is ‘so dangerous’ people are scared ‘out of their wits’ to go outside.

Ian Gallier, who lives just off the busy road, said he is ‘terrified’ when his wife goes to the shops because of the speed some people using the 30mph road.

He added: “It is a shame because it is a really nice area but if they do not do something to combat the speeding it will not be long before someone is killed.”

Resident Kath Hall said: “When you try to cross the road to post a letter you take your life in your own hands.

“So much has changed since I was driving; they rush down here like it is nobody’s business, making a terrible noise.”

Priory Community School, Herons’ Moor Primary School and Becket Primary School are all a 10-minute walk away and – according to Mr Shore – many students use the road on their way to school.

South Worle councillor Peter Crew has encouraged residents to start a petition for Summer Lane to become a 20mph zone.

He added: “We need to look at traffic calming in the area.

“The road is loaded with mini roundabouts and bus stops – which means there is no room for a crossing for pedestrians – and I often watch people speeding down there.”

Cllr Crew hopes the new police station, being built in Weston Gateway, will help to deter dangerous drivers.

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