Councillors unite over black spot
AXBRIDGE Town Council is hoping to join forces with councillors in Compton Bishop to find a solution to an accident black spot. An increasing number of accidents have been occurring at the notorious crossroads on the A38 at Cross and councillors are stepp
AXBRIDGE Town Council is hoping to join forces with councillors in Compton Bishop to find a solution to an accident black spot.An increasing number of accidents have been occurring at the notorious crossroads on the A38 at Cross and councillors are stepping up their campaign to get something done.Axbridge mayor Mike Taylor said: "We know from previous meetings with Somerset Highways there is virtually no money available. "We want to set up a working party between the councils to look at what options would be acceptable in the short and long term."Personally I think the best outcome would be a roundabout, but obviously that's very difficult to achieve because there isn't enough land available. Traffic lights are another option."Around eight accidents have occurred at the black spot in the past year. Somerset County Council previously suggested shutting the crossroads off completely but villagers were against the proposal as they said it would cause havoc for people travelling to and from Axbridge and Cheddar from Cross.Cllr Taylor said: "The problem has been around for many years and because the amount of traffic is increasing the problem is getting worse."It's dangerous. There seems to be an accident there once a month and before too long somebody will get seriously hurt."Any changes to the crossroads could also affect another nearby accident blackspot in Axbridge, the Townsend junction on the A371, because they are so close together.Councillors are hoping a solution can be found to make both hazardous junctions safer.Axbridge Town Council is planning to contact Compton Bishop Parish Council later this week along with district and county councillors to set up a working party.