Death fear prompts roadworks change

PUBLISHED: 09:25 31 May 2017

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A two-month roadworks project in Congresbury has been criticised for being dangerous.

Wrington Road has been 
shut at its A370 junction 
since May 8 and motorists 
are directed on a five-mile diversion through Langford.

However, the narrow Wrington Lane provides a cut through and one villager said there have been several near misses as more traffic is using it.

Debra Green, who lives in Wrington Lane, said: “It allows two-way traffic, even though it’s barely wide enough for one car.

“As for pedestrians, including my daughter who has to use the lane to walk home from school, they have almost been knocked down twice in the past week. My neighbour won’t drive down it all.

“I’ve had the back of the car nearly hit when reversing out of my drive, and my house guest almost had a head-on (collision). She was shaken so much, she won’t visit again.

“It’s only a matter of time before there is a casualty, even a fatality.

“The lane is bad enough as it is on normal basis.”

She called the council and Bristol Water to report the problems, but said nothing was done.

However, the council on Monday announced more signs are now in place to warn drivers Wrington Lane is not an appropriate cut through.

Its spokesman said: “Wrington Lane is not part of the signed diversion route, but some road users are 
using it as an alternative route.

“We have been liaising 
with Kier, which is undertaking the works in Wrington Road on behalf of Bristol Water, in relation to Wrington Lane.

“It was already reviewing concerns raised and has now provided additional signage.

“Additional advance signage to warn road users has also been provided on Iwood Lane.

“Kier is monitoring the situation to see if this improves the situation.

However, Ms Green believes Wrington Lane’s issues will continue after the roadworks finish on July 10.

She said: “I fear that if the new houses at the bottom of the lane get built, then this is going to be a permanent problem.

“Something needs to be done to make Wrington Lane safer for all.”

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