October 24, 2014
Long-awaited pedestrian crossing at medical centre gets the go-ahead

Work to build a new pedestrian crossing outside Highbridge Medical Centre is finally set to begin next month after a two-year wait by local residents.

Highbridge town councillor Pat Burge, pictured, called on Somerset County Council to introduce a crossing in Pepperall Road in 2012 to help residents safely reach the busy facilities.

This week, the council has said the project has finally been added to its list of improvements and work is scheduled to start there on November 10th.

Pat told "This is long overdue, but very welcome news. It will make a really positive difference to many residents in helping them safely cross this busy road to get to the doctors."

"I also hope the new crossing here will slow traffic generally and help to increase the overall safety of the road."

"Some pedestrians have been worried about crossing it because of the speed and amount of passing traffic."

Highbridge county councillor John Woodman, pictured right, told "This is a busy road which many people cross to reach the medical centre and I have fully supported their calls for a crossing here. I'm delighted that it is finally to be built."

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council's highways department confirmed: "A scheme to introduce a zebra crossing at Pepperall Road is due to start on 10th November and should be completed in December. As part of the work, the nearby bus shelter will be relocated near to Highbridge Medical Centre."


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