One-way only for lorries and buses?

A SOMERSET village could soon be a one-way roundabout for lorries and buses.

A SOMERSET village could soon be a one-way roundabout for lorries and buses.

Hauliers who have to travel through Wedmore have suggested coming up with a one-way system to ease the traffic problems caused when they have to pass each other and avoid scraping parked cars.

Parish councillors were due to discuss the proposals as the Somerset Mercury went to press yesterday evening (Wed).

Chairman John Sanderson said: "Wedmore's narrow roads were never meant for wide lorries so if those that do travel through our village follow a one-way system it will really help the traffic problems."

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The suggestions come from two nearby quarries, Batts Coombe Quarry in Cheddar and Callow Rock Quarry in Shipham. Wedmore haulier RA Rousell and Son is also backing the idea.

If given the go-ahead, lorries and buses will only be allowed to travel east along Church Street, then south along The Borough and west up Grants Lane, turning the centre of Wedmore into a roundabout for larger vehicles.

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Cllr Sanderson said: "The lorry companies have offered to do this voluntarily so we won't need to pay to put up signs.

"It will only be for the larger vehicles so cars will not be affected by the changes."

The parish council was also due to consider last night whether to include buses in the scheme and will contact the appropriate companies if they decide to take action.

* The sleepy Somerset village made international headlines when the Somerset Mercury exclusively revealed plans to erase Wedmore from lorry satellite navigation systems. Cllr Sanderson added: "The traffic problems in Wedmore are obviously still a big issue. Last week I was interviewed about the navigation systems by CBS news who flew over from America.

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