Women’s Institute campaigns to make road safe

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 December 2010

There were 27 injury-related accidents between 2004 and 2009

There were 27 injury-related accidents between 2004 and 2009

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BLAGDON’S Women’s Institute is hoping to pressurise authorities into making a dangerous stretch of road safer.

A sharp bend on the B3134 at Burrington Combe has caused several crashes, and after one of the group’s members was involved in one of them, her friends are campaigning to make it safer by putting up new signs.

The village’s WI has learnt through a Freedom of Information request to Avon and Somerset police that 27 injury-related accidents happened on the road between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2009, six of which were serious.

A solar-powered warning sign was put in place on the road, but it was hit by a car and has now gone missing.

Jo Forrest, who has co-ordinated the campaign for the WI, said: “We’re going to send letters to any relevant local authorities, such as the parish councils.

“One of our members was involved in an accident at the bend, and although she and the other person were both cut from their cars without serious injuries, the next person to be involved in an accident might not be so lucky.

“We need some signs on that stretch to warn people of how dangerous it is – by the time you get round the corner it’s too late if someone’s coming the other way.”

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