Published: April 15, 2009
'Race track' fears for Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway

Work to build the final section of Burnham-On-Sea's long-awaited Frank Foley Parkway is "progressing well" and is on track to be completed by this summer, it was confirmed this week - but fresh fears have been raised about the safety of the new road.

Somerset County Council told that the controversial road, pictured here, is on schedule to be completed during the next few weeks.

Spokeswoman Jan Hookings confirmed: "The work is progressing well and is on schedule, although no opening date has yet been announced."

The work is continuing amid fresh concerns from town councillors about the safety of the new road, which will run between Love Lane and Pepperall Road.

Cllr John Morgan told the latest town council meeting: "The route risks becoming the best race track in the country."

He added: "It's obvious from the road's design that there will be serious problems with speed, given its wide carriageway and straight route. I fear we will see serious accidents along this route."

The concerns come just days after plans for a new roundabout in Burnham Road were unveiled last week to help cope with the extra traffic expected to use Pepperall Road after the completion of the new road.

Construction started in March after being announced in February. The construction is due to take approximately eight weeks and should be finished before the summer tourist season gets underway.

Cllr Alan Ham, Somerset County Councillor for Brent, told "The completion of this route will bring big benefits to the local community."

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