Walrow residents urge council to improve road safety
residents living in Highbridge's Walrow have this week spoken out
about road safety during a Town Council meeting - calling on councillors
to step in and avoid a serious accident.
living along the Walrow - which is a narrow stretch of road with
residents' cars parked along one side - say they have "growing
concerns" about safety.
Furze, pictured above, said: "We've seen a marked rise in the
number of vehicles using this narrow stretch of road and an increase
in the speed of traffic here."
become very dangerous for residents and we are now also seeing the
weight limit over the Walrow railway bridge regularly ignored by
large vehicles travelling through."
to get local bodies to understand the seriousness of the problem
is difficult - no-one has listened to us."
will it take to get something done to address the problem - a serious
already had crashes along the road this year and just hope something
serious doesn't happen."
Janet Keen, pictured above, added: "I used to live in the Walrow
and appreciate the problems that the residents are describing. This
is an issue that needs to be addressed."
Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, added: "I fully understand the problem.
I drive along the Walrow every day and know that road very well
and the issues you have described."
Peter Clayton acknowledged the issue, responding: "Somerset
County Council won't be able to consider changes there without hard
evidence of the problem - it will need a speed monitoring device
or a strip across the road to record numbers of vehicles."
Phil Harvey added: "There is a three tonne weight limit on
the Walrow bridge - it is a worry if it's being exceeded. Possibly
narrowing the bridge further to physically prevent large vehicles
is an option?"
Mayor said the council is keen to help residents address the issue.
"There are plenty of ideas for how we can help and we will
move it forward."