Dangerous

PUBLISHED: 09:42 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

North Somerset Council's highways department is proposing a highly inappropriate and dangerous mini roundabout facility at the junction of Dark Lane with the quarry access road. Long commercial vehicles cannot navigate the tight radius of a mini roundabou

North Somerset Council's highways department is proposing a highly inappropriate and dangerous mini roundabout facility at the junction of Dark Lane with the quarry access road.Long commercial vehicles cannot navigate the tight radius of a mini roundabout and their swept paths are a danger to other vehicles.The roundabout is dangerously close to a tight approach bend with inadequate visibility. An independent national highways consultancy in their safety audit condemned North Somerset's design on 12 counts, the salient points which remain unaddressed by North Somerset Council's highways department which is recommending approval by the council despite the safety audit condemnation.The existing junction would in fact be safer without the mini roundabout. This association has no confidence in North Somerset Council's highways department to design a safe junction and the safety auditors have also finally washed their hands of any responsibility for this design.Tom Collinson - Chairman Backwell Residents' Association

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