Measures to cut speeding on one of England’s most dangerous roads

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 March 2018

The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.

The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.

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Thousands of pounds have been spent by a parish council as it hopes to curb speeding on one of North Somerset’s busiest roads.

The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.

Banwell Parish Council has invested in measures to cut speeding in the village, including on the A371, which the Government has identified as one of England’s most dangerous roads.

A vehicle-activated speed sign has been bought by the parish for more than £2,500, and will be moved to various parts of the village.

In addition to deterring speeding motorists, the sign will yield valuable data on the number of motorists which exceed the village’s speed limits, which will be utilised to enhance speed-reduction measures.

It is stationed at Castle Hill, but it will be placed in Knightcott Road, East Street and Wolvershill Road in the coming weeks.

Parish council chairman Jim Weston said speeding is ‘definitely an issue’ in Banwell, which has a high flow of traffic.

He said: “We have recently installed our 30mph mobile sign, which will be stationed at different points around the village.

“The mobile sign is a good thing because you can move it from place to place so people don’t become too familiar or complacent with it.”

A community speedwatch team has also been launched by the parish council, which will target Knightcott Road and Wolvershill Road using a handheld speed camera – and it is encouraging villagers to volunteer their time to improve safety.

The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.The aim is curb speeding in Banwell.

The parish council has also placed speed limit stickers on bins in Knightcott Road, which it hopes will resonate with drivers travelling through the village.

Cllr Weston added: “We’re doing three basic things which seem to be helping a lot.

“We are actively trying to get more people involved in the speedwatch and we have put 30mph stickers on people’s wheelie bins to alert motorists to the speed limit.

“We’re really hopeful our efforts will slow people down through Banwell.”

To take part in Banwell’s community speedwatch, call the parish council clerk on 01934 820442.

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