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Villagers call for Coffin Lane safety improvements

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 September 2017

Coffin Lane campaigners

Coffin Lane campaigners

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More than 80 per cent of people in two Somerset villages have supported a campaign to make a ‘dangerous’ road safer.

Results of a questionnaire sent to more than 230 households in Cross and Compton Bishop have revealed 80 per cent of residents believe Cross Lane – known by many as Coffin Lane – is unsafe.

The Coffin Lane Campaign was set up in an effort to extend a partially complete pedestrian footpath along the road, which is currently cut off halfway leaving walkers and cyclists no safe way of continuing their journey.

Despite being narrow, Cross Lane is a major transport route and is often used by lorries transporting goods from quarries in Cheddar and Shipham.

As well as the questionnaire, campaigners have also organised an online petition which has been signed by more than 180 people.

Tess Gill, campaign co-ordinator, said: “We have sent the results to councillors and our MP as the results of this questionnaire show that the local community is very concerned about the dangerous walking route between Cross and Axbridge, and that many of them actively avoid walking or cycling on this route due to the dangers.”

MORE: When is a decision on the footpath due to be made?



The group is also celebrating some success after receiving the results from a feasibility report carried out by Somerset County Council into the possibility of a pedestrian refuge on the A38.

The authority has recommended an island is installed near the Cross Lane junction and a footpath on the A371 be extended.

The works would be funded by the Small Improvement Scheme Programme.

Ms Gill added: “We are pleased that the council has agreed to construct a pedestrian refuge across the A38 by the junction with Cross Lane and create a new footpath for the most dangerous part of the route.

“We have asked that in view of the responses to our questionnaire this should be considered a priority, and we hope to hear soon when this work will be done.”

Last year, then-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs instructed the county council to make a ruling on the campaign’s application no later than January 5, 2018.

For more information, contact Tess Gill on tessgill243@gmail.com or 07799 694002.

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