Wedmore to go one way

LORRIES and buses driving through a Somerset village will now only be seen travelling in one direction.

LORRIES and buses driving through a Somerset village will now only be seen travelling in one direction.

At a meeting of Wedmore Parish Council it was decided to introduce a one-way system for six months to see whether it would ease congestion and stop big vehicles getting stuck on the village's narrow roads.

At the meeting on February 20, parish council chairman John Sanderson said: "If we had a formal system we would have to install about 30 signs around the village.

"If some lorries continue to drive in the opposite direction to what we hope, we will contact their company and let them know they will find it a lot easier to go the other way."


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The idea was suggested by the operators of two nearby quarries, Batts Coombe Quarry in Cheddar and Callow Rock Quarry in Shipham, and also won the support of Wedmore haulier RA Rousell and Son.

No signs will be put up in the village as the system will be voluntary, meaning the lorry drivers travelling from the quarries and also bus drivers from nearby schools will know to only go in one direction.

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They will drive east along Church Street, then south along The Borough and west up Grants Lane.

Any other big vehicles coming from outside the area may still end up driving the other way.

Councillor Mal Johnson said: "I think this is a great idea to include coaches in this scheme as they are usually the ones that end up getting stuck.

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