No Worle crossing but road changes planned
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:00 16 October 2015
SPEEDING cars mean a zebra crossing cannot be installed along a busy road in Worle but a series of traffic-calming measures could be in place by January.
Campaigners for a crossing on Wansbrough Road met with North Somerset Council’s highways officer Viki Horvath at North Worle Forum’s meeting on Tuesday evening.
People have been campaigning for a pedestrian crossing near the Scout Hut for more than a year.
They have previously said children are ‘dicing with death’ each time they cross the road from Priory Community School.
Tony Pass led the campaign, and said: “This has got to be done. We have fought for this long enough now, we can’t wait another two years.”
There have been eight incidents which led to injuries on Wansbrough Road in the past five years, with one involving a child.
On Tuesday a nine-year-old girl was also involved in a collision with a car in Kelston Road, which links to Wansbrough Road.
Mr Pass said: “We don’t want to see a child killed on that road. Today of all days a child got injured, I don’t want to be sat here at our next meeting saying that a child has been killed.”
Ms Horvath said a zebra crossing is not possible because the average speed along the 30mph road is between 32mph and 35mph but zebra crossings can only be put on roads where the average speed is below 30mph.
Instead plans are in place for a series of traffic calming measures.
An island and a pinch point close to the junction with Bilbie Road will be added to make it easier for people to cross the road.
Another island is planned near the junction with Portishead Road and shortly after Wansbrough Road will be narrowed to one lane, with a give way system introduced.
Ms Horvath said: “The islands will make it easier for children to cross. We are looking at three-metre islands so they are as wide as possible for groups of children.”
The road will be narrowed and the pavement widened at the Scout Hut and a raised table will be put in to slow traffic.
Nearby schools and businesses and people living in North Worle will have the chance to comment on the plans during a public consultation.
Ms Horvath said: “We have to go through the consultation process.
“I am expecting objections from some residents because you can never please everyone.
“We have got Christmas coming up as well so I would say it won’t be done until early next year.
“I do feel that it is a reasonable timescale for January.”