fears as sat-navs blamed for rise in Burnham residential traffic
systems have been blamed for a big increase in traffic passing
through residential areas of Burnham-On-Sea to reach Brean, raising
councillors have this week heard from concerned residents who
want new road signs introduced to direct traffic along normal
Ken Smout told a meeting of the council: "Over the summer
months and at busy holiday periods there has been a big increase
in motorists using Stoddens Road to reach the holiday parks at
Brean and Berrow. They're relying on their sat-nav systems to
choose the route rather than looking at road signs, which is a
Little, a resident in Stoddens Road, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Many sat-navs are now instructing all traffic heading to
Brean, Berrow and Burnham North from the M5 junction to leave
Queens Way and follow Edithmead Lane and Stoddens Lane into Stoddens
Road for its entirety to the T-junction with Berrow Road, instead
of following the main road via the Tesco roundabout to the Esso
roundabout and along Berrow Road."
route includes the weak and narrow Edithmead Railway Bridge with
its weight limit and, consequently, there has been a considerable
increase in traffic along Stoddens Road,
also an increased danger on the corner near the BASC Ground. The
Stoddens Road and Berrow Road junction is becoming a major junction
and will soon merit traffic lights."
added: "Over the years there have been many traffic incidents
in Stoddens Road, where vehicles have left the road and driven
into ditches, or driven into walls and fences, causing extensive
damage to properties."
Andy Brewer told Burnham-On-Sea.com that sat nav systems have
also been causing problems in other areas of Burnham. "I've
seen motorists trying to reach Burnham Holiday Village via Lundy
Drive and Atlantic Crescent using directions on their sat nav
systems. While that may be the quickest route on a map, in fact
there's no road access onto the holiday park that way at all!"
councillor Phil Harvey said at this week's council meeting that
"rather more signs being introduced, you have to wonder whether
a new road should be built to access Brean instead."
Elliot, a spokesman for Somerset County Council, said they are
aware of the concerns. He added: "We do consider changes
to signage when we are approached by a town or parish council.
We will then visit the site to check the suitability of the current
signs and consider whether any improvements can be made."
A sat-nav system in use (photo Tristan Ferne), and above, Cllr
Smout inspecting a damaged wall in Stoddens Road after a collision;
and below, a Google map showing a route to Brean from the M5 via
Stoddens Road and Stoddens Lane rather than along Queen's Drive
and Love Lane