'Radical' plans for transport in 'unsafe' Yatton?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 August 2016

Yatton's PACT has tried to deal with traffic in the village for several years.

Yatton's PACT has tried to deal with traffic in the village for several years.

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Walking around the village of Yatton has become so 'dangerous' that villagers have drawn up plans for a new pedestrian 'super-highway' spanning the length of the village.

The village’s Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group wants the new footway to run from Cadbury Garden Centre, in Smallway in Congresbury, up to the Bridge Inn in North End Road – a distance of more than two miles – via the High Street.

The plans are part of a wider transport proposal for Yatton which the PACT put forward to North Somerset Council earlier this month.

If the group’s ideas are approved, they could see more cycle routes created in and around Yatton, improved pedestrian crossings added along High Street and possible one-way systems introduced along Stowey Road and Mendip Road.

The ideas, which will also be used to support Yatton’s emerging neighbourhood plan document, were presented to PACT members by transport expert Jonathan Flower at a meeting on August 16.

Mr Flower said: “In short, walking (in Yatton) is dangerous and unpleasant.

“When we are looking at new developments, our first priority is there should be a hierarchy which places pedestrians at the top, followed by cyclists, then public transport with unaccompanied private car users last.

“People want to go via the quickest route (and) any provision for pedestrians and cyclists should also avoid actual and perceived danger.

“It is about making walking the dominant mode of transport in Yatton for local trips.”

PACT chairman Rhiannon Prys-Owen said the transport proposals were only at a consultation stage, although they had already been presented to North Somerset.

Ms Prys-Owen said: “Some ideas are very contentious and some, I think, are really creative.

“The priority has to be anyone leaving their home has to reach their destination feeling safe.

“Although some of these proposals may feel radical – and it might not happen in this way – at least there is a way forward to consider.”

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