£30k pledged for crossing

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 July 2015

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A CAMPAIGN to get a crossing at a busy road in Worle is one step closer to reality due to £30,000 of funding being made available by North Somerset Council.

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A campaign to get a new crossing at Wansborough Road, near Priory Community School, was started by resident Tony Pass in November last year.

At the time Mr Pass said he had watched children and elderly people ‘dicing with death’ trying to cross the busy road.

He launched a petition which was signed by more than 350 people and gained support from Priory’s principal Neville Coles and local councillors.

The petition noted how improvements to junction 21 of the M5 had increased traffic flow and made crossing the road more dangerous. It called for action to prevent anyone getting injured.

But now the council has pledged £30,000 towards new traffic calming measures and to make crossing the road safer. It is hoped any additional funding can be secured from the Big Worle Lottery Fund.

North Worle ward councillor Marcia Pepperall said: “Residents put together a petition asking for a crossing on Wansborough Road, so we know it is much wanted.

“Research done so far by the council led to the suggestion of two or three road narrowings along Wansborough Road, and this has met with the thorough approval of residents who I have spoken to so far.

“It is felt a crossing by the scout hut would not be safe because of the nearby bend in the road.”

The full cost of the crossing is yet to be established but Cllr Pepperall said: “As soon as I have a quotation from North Somerset of the cost, then I will put the project to the Big Worle audit committee.”

Cllr Pepperall also highlighted more issues surrounding the road and said: “Another concern in North Worle is the difficulty for passengers coming back from work on the buses from Bristol. They have to cross the main road by Homebase and this is not easy.

“I am told that the buses cannot divert onto Queensway to use the new drive-in bus stop because this would add six minutes to the Bristol to Weston journey. Unless this can be changed a crossing is needed on the main road near the courthouse or Homebase.”

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