Cars gridlock lane to dodge diversion

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

Jo Witham and Sally Ferguson with Pride the horse.

Jo Witham and Sally Ferguson with Pride the horse.

A COUNTRY lane has become so busy with motorists avoiding major roadworks that residents have put up a sign telling people to slow down. The lane in Wint Hill has become a favourite for motorists avoiding the roadworks in Banwell. They are ignoring the of

A COUNTRY lane has become so busy with motorists avoiding major roadworks that residents have put up a sign telling people to slow down.The lane in Wint Hill has become a favourite for motorists avoiding the roadworks in Banwell.They are ignoring the official diversion and driving down the lane causing major tailbacks in rush hour.Jo Witham and Sally Ferguson, who rent stables just off the lane, have put up a sign saying 'Slow down, there have been two accidents already'. Recently the number two was crossed out and replaced with three.Mrs Witham said: "We put up two signs and one was taken down by a motorist."The traffic is absolutely terrible. There is also now so much mud on the road it makes it more dangerous."I worry that if I take a horse out I'm risking it getting seriously injured. "People are idiots. When they get to a corner they put their foot down and don't want to reverse."Farm owner Margaret Shapland, who has lived at Wint Hill for around 50 years, said: "Everyone here is up in arms about it. In rush hour here it's gridlocked. "This lane has always been a rat run. When the roadworks first started it wasn't too bad, but then word got out."Now sometimes there are cars 10 deep in both directions all beeping their horns."People can't reverse because of the traffic behind them. When they see a gap they put their foot down and speed up until the next queue. I'm worried there will be a really nasty accident. "My neighbour is 95 and has carers. My worry is if she needed urgent medical attention the emergency services wouldn't be able to get to her."Former Banwell parish councillor Graham Found said: "The vast majority of people using these sort of shortcuts are villagers who know the roads.

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