residents call for 'urgent action' to cut road speeds
Concerned residents living along a road in Highbridge have this
week demanded 'urgent measures' to cut the speed of motorists
and avoid an 'accident waiting to happen'.
residents have called on the Town Council to consider new measures
such as a new 20mph speed zone or extra speed bumps, to address
Road resident John Parkes explained: "The road is used daily
by senior citizens, parents with children, dog walkers and young
people, who are sometimes forced onto our frontage - and others
- in order to avoid being hit by speeding, passing vehicles. Sadly,
it really is an accident waiting to happen."
several occasions we have witnessed speeding vehicles along Worston
Road, which is often used as a shortcut to access the A38 via
Pople's Bow, particularly during morning and evening peak hours."
right, added: "We are requesting that the council
seeks to address this issue as a matter of urgency and have already
sought advice and support from our local councillors, Chris Williams
and Helen Groves, in addition to notifying our county councillor
John Woodman to see what action can be taken to minimise the danger."
Chris Williams said: "There is a problem with intermittent
speeding on Worston Road and there always has been. I don't think
it has worsened recently but that doesn't make it OK."
the possible solutions being considered to address the problem
are adding painted 'slow' signs along the road in both directions,
installing more speed bumps, blocking off Pople's Bow completely
and making it a cycle and pedestrian lane only, and also introducing
a new 20mph speed zone.
councillors debated the matter this week and voted in favour of
requesting a Speed Indicator Device for the road initially to
gather data about the speed of passing traffic before considering
what further action should be taken.
Ken Smout said: "We need hard evidence first about the scale
of the problem before we can ask for money to be spent on changes."