Bright future ahead for community footpath campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 April 2017

The Coffin Lane campaigners.

The Coffin Lane campaigners.


A community group is one step closer to creating a safe footpath between two Somerset communities.

The Coffin Lane campaign group has worked alongside officers from Somerset County Council to help create a feasibility report for a new pedestrian refuge crossing on the A38, between Cross and Axbridge.

The finished report outlines plans for improvements to road safety, a new crossing and better signage.

The work will be funded by the council’s Small Improvements Scheme and could cost as much as £85,000.

Campaign co-ordinator Tess Gill said: “This is very welcome news as such a scheme has never been more vital to improve safety for pedestrians walking between the places.

“We recently carried out a survey on the numbers of vehicles using Cross Lane.

“The results confirmed our fears for pedestrians and cyclists. We counted vehicles in work hours and found a HGV vehicle travels down the road every 38 seconds.

“It is obvious this creates a significant hazard to pedestrians currently walking up the highly unsuitable verge.”

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