Barriers give toll road racers the green light

PUBLISHED: 06:46 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 24 May 2010

BOY racers are driving faster than ever along one of Weston's most dangerous roads - thanks to the latest safety measures which have been installed, it has been claimed

BOY racers are driving faster than ever along one of Weston's most dangerous roads - thanks to the latest safety measures which have been installed, it has been claimed.Residents in Kewstoke say up to 15 cars at a time are travelling along the toll road at speeds of up to 70mph with their lights switched off because they regard the new crash barriers as a 'safety net.'Mark Templeman who lives on Kewstoke Road, said: "They are road racing, several in a line, and flooring it through the village. "The kids no longer have a fear of going over the edge of the cliff. Boy racers used to know they could kill themselves, but now they think the worst that can happen is that they will hit the barriers. They are using them as a safety net."The cars come in via the toll road, turn down Beach Road and hammer it along until they get to the car park. Ten to 15 minutes later they go back either up Monks Hill or back up Kewstoke Toll Road. This has got progressively worse over the last year. I wake up to hear tyres squealing and engines revving."John Burrough, aged 70, says he has phoned the police time and time again and they say they will do something about the problem.The former Woodspring District Council officer, who has lived in Kewstoke for 40 years, said: "Once the pubs clear out the problem can go on until nearly 5am."The cars come through at night at speeds of up to 70mph and recently I have seen them racing along with no headlights on overtaking each other. I presume they think nobody can see them doing anything wrong."Now the barriers are there people will race more. They are going faster now as they think they can't go over the side as the barriers will catch them."A police spokesman said: "We are not aware of any recent complaints from residents but if they do have a problem we would like to direct them to the Worle beat team which would deal with it."North Somerset Council installed the barriers along Kewstoke Toll Road in June 2005, just over a year after the road claimed the lives of teenagers Julian Bowen and Tom Broomhall.Councillor Alan Hockridge, North Somerset Council's executive member for economic development, said: "I am extremely concerned if motorists are continuing to put themselves and others at risk by ignoring the safety warnings and driving too fast. "Obviously, these barriers will not stop an accident from happening, but they may help reduce the consequences.

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