Worle crossing may be created - council

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 January 2015

Photo: Ian Britton.

Photo: Ian Britton.

Ian Britton

A MUCH-NEEDED crossing in Worle could become a reality, due to a proposal for a list of new pedestrian and cycle way improvements around Weston.

Residents of North Worle have been campaigning for the safety measure to be implemented in Wansbrough Road, as rush hour traffic has increased since the revamp of junction 21.

Members of the North Worle Forum have kept an eye on any updates as they fear schoolchildren may get hurt while trying to dodge traffic when crossing the road, and the scheme has received the backing from the head of Priory Community School Neville Coles.

During the latest forum meeting councillor David Poole informed members North Somerset Council has plans for a major rebuild of the North Somerset Courthouse junction in two to three years time.

After the meeting he said: “I quoted the head of highways as we want to try and get a pedestrian crossing in Wansbrough Road, which frankly I am surprised has not happened in the past.

“Highways said we will have a major revamp at the court junction because it does not work well and the Big Worle Project group said it is prepared to contribute.

“It will happen, but it depends on when the cash will become available.”

Deputy leader of the council and executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, has also confirmed the authority is looking at options for a crossing.

He said: “Wansbrough Road is being looked at for cost-effective road safety improvements in the future programme.

“Options include a crossing at a suitable point but also traffic build-outs to slow traffic and make it easier for pedestrians to cross.

“This proposal is part of a whole list of measures across Weston, for new pedestrian and cycle way improvements which are being evaluated and priced for future consideration, including a further extension along Queensway.”

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