‘A shoddy piece of workmanship’ creates ‘dangerous’ road junction
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 June 2014
A BUSY junction has become ‘an accident waiting to happen’ after workers mistakenly painted markings in the wrong place because it was dark, according to parish councillors.
The junction at Well Lane and Knightcott Road in Banwell was recently resurfaced by North Somerset Council contractors.
But the markings have not been put back correctly, leading many parish councillors to label the situation ‘dangerous’.
Banwell Parish Council has discussed the issue at its meetings and has suggested the contractors were working at night, so visibility was poor.
The altered road markings put the give way junction 4ft further back so it is behind a road sign, which has been deemed ‘unsafe’ by residents.
This also means the cats eyes have moved 4ft too, so drivers travelling at night would also stop short of the original marks.
Parish councillor and village farmer Paul Bateman said: “I used the junction the other day and it is so dangerous.
“You can’t see traffic coming out of Banwell, and usually it’s locals who are going over the speed limit as they know it’s a straight stretch coming.
“It needs to be put right. If you are in a tractor coming out of the junction there is going to be a horrendous accident because so much of the vehicle has to be on the road before you can see anything coming.
“It is just an accident waiting to happen. It is North Somerset highways’ responsibility to sort it out and if it costs money it is their problem.
“North Somerset Council work incredibly hard to achieve nothing at all.”
Fellow parish councillor Jim Weston said: “The contractors should be made to come back and fix it and make it safe.
“What can I say except it is a shoddy piece of workmanship?”
The parish council has received a number of letters from residents about the area and the parish clerk has written to North Somerset to request the markings be changed.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “The junction was recently resurfaced but the road markings were not reinstated correctly.
“We are working with our contractor to rectify this as quickly as possible.”