MP calls for road safety improvements

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 June 2013

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council

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A 'LARGE number of incidents, injuries and deaths' has prompted a Somerset MP to push for safety improvements on a major road in the area.

MP Tessa Munt has called on Somerset County Council to make changes to Cheddar Road and Lower New Road (B3151) between Wedmore and Cheddar.

A statement released by the MP’s office said: “There have been a large number of incidents, injuries and deaths on the road and after hearing concerns Tessa, took it upon herself to contact over 300 people in the area to listen to their views.”

Suggestions at a meeting on the issue included extending the 30mph speed limit area, better pedestrian access on Lower New Road bridge and more frequent hedge cutting to improve visibility.

MP Munt said: “I am pleased the highways department took this seriously and came to assess the situation on the ground.

“This stretch of road needs to be improved to take account of the increased traffic and higher speeds that cars travel.”

Wedmore Parish Council clerk Rod Pring said: “We are constantly looking at areas where improvements to road safety can be achieved and Somerset County Council has recently undertaken a traffic speed survey on the Cheddar side of Wedmore and are currently monitoring speeds leaving the village towards Theale.

“Anything that Tessa can bring about to make road conditions safer for drivers and pedestrians from Cheddar and Wedmore would be well received and greatly appreciated.”

A county council spokesman said officers would look into the issues in response to the concerns raised.

The spokesman said: “The council’s senior traffic engineer for Sedgemoor met with Tessa Munt on Monday where she raised concerns about the road between Cheddar and Wedmore.

“There were a number of issues that were discussed some of which need further investigation.

“It was a constructive meeting and we will be reporting back to Tessa with information when we receive it.”

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