A project to increase safety on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea has been completed this week.

A new traffic calming scheme has been introduced in Stoddens Road, on the sharp bend near the Rectory Road junction, along with separate road safety improvements near the BASC ground.

The work includes anti-skid surfacing, new illuminated signs, high-visibility warnings on the road surface itself, plus 20mph speed signs following a series of accidents in recent years.

Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I am pleased to have been able to help the residents of Stoddens Road. I have been lobbying for traffic calming in this area for many years, and I was delighted to hear that my bid from Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Schemes fund was accepted.”

“There have been numerous accidents in this vicinity, and I hope these measures will help. There is now anti-skid surfacing, additional illuminated signage, and additional road signage to help with the problem. I also think the introduction of 20mph signs will help in reducing speeds significantly.”

“Since my election as a County Councillor I have submitted three schemes to Somerset County Council, those being the new crossing in Berrow Road, and these latest two schemes on Stoddens Road. I am now eagerly awaiting a date as to when I can apply for further improvements. I would like to thank the officers at Somerset County Council for bringing this scheme to fruition.”

The two schemes, budgeted at around £20,000, are among 80 projects being undertaken by the County Council’s annual Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, the council’s cabinet member for Highways, said: “We are committed to improving and developing the road network in Somerset but face many challenges with our highways budget under increasing pressure. The SiS programme has been a tremendous success in recent years and proves that relatively small schemes driven by local knowledge can make a big difference.”