Speeding measures on A370 at site of fatal crash considered

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 August 2018

The Bridge Road junction. Picture: Google

The Bridge Road junction. Picture: Google

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Speeding measures and an island to help pedestrians cross could be installed near a busy junction on the A370 near the entrance to Weston.

The Bridge Road junction. Picture: GoogleThe Bridge Road junction. Picture: Google

A fatal crash occurred near the Bridge Road junction by Bleadon in September 2016, prompting calls for a lower speed limit on the A370.

Bleadon Parish Council is being asked to consider three options for the junction, which could cost it up to £31,582 to install.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, whose ward includes Bleadon, said: “The immediate area is quite busy with a garage on the corner, HGVs visiting the Marshalls facility in Bridge Road, a junction to residences in Bleadon Mill, and several properties on the opposite side of the A370.

“I therefore asked highways officers to look at the situation and they carried out a survey, including speed measurements, which indicated the average speeds were within limits and didn’t merit intervention.

“I suggested to the parish council a 40mph limit and traffic island might be possible provided the parish picked up the costs.”

Work to create a 40mph zone would cost the parish council £10,515 from its reserves, while a crossing point would cost £28,015. Work to install both simultaneously would cost £31,582.

It has £25,000 in its general reserves and £21,000 in its special reserves, which can only be used on parish improvements.

A consultation on the proposals was held on Monday night.

Parish clerk Marian Barber said: “The general feeling was there needs to be something more than a little bit of a solution on a little bit of road, but councillors have not made a decision on what to spend.”

Parish councillors will consider villagers’ responses before deciding.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “The public consultation was interesting with for and against arguments, and some residents really not understanding the financial consequences, asking for traffic lights at the Anchor junction further up, the speed limit to be extended to the old Uphill station junction and so on.

“I pointed out, as did my colleague Cllr Terry Porter, the offer on the table was the best I could get in view of the many other more pressing North Somerset funding and highways priorities, and left them to decide what they wanted to do.”

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