Road safety measures will go ahead in Backwell’s ‘dangerous’ Station Road – but without a crossing

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 October 2017

Campaigners installed a sign in Station Road last week.

Campaigners installed a sign in Station Road last week.

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A number of safety improvements will be made to a ‘terrifying’ road in Backwell, but villagers say they will continue to campaign for a crossing.

Station Road.Station Road.

Station Road is narrow, but is regularly used by coaches which often mount the equally narrow pavements.

A campaign to make the road safer was renewed last year when two pedestrians were involved in car accidents on the same day.

Following the campaign launch, Backwell Parish Council created a working party to try to find a solution.

At its meeting on Thursday, councillors agreed to introduce more signs, cut back hedges and paint white lines to encourage drivers to slow down.

However, the plans do not include a crossing near the Waverley Road junction, and campaigners say this is the key thing which will make a difference to pedestrians.

Jo Healy, who is partially sighted and needs to cross Station Road to go to and from her home, said: “The road is terrifying. The crossing is the main thing we need, but we are not getting it.”

MORE: Campaigners create sign to warn drivers of Station Road dangers.

Backwell School parents are installing a sign to warn drivers Station Road is dangerous.Backwell School parents are installing a sign to warn drivers Station Road is dangerous.

Councillor Steve Mitchell said the working party had tried to get the best possible proposal it could.

He said: “No-one will say it’s perfect, but we will keep monitoring the situation. We will keep the pressure up.”

The parish council has agreed to pay £7,223 towards the works, but it hopes the cost will be covered by charitable groups.

The changes will include dropped kerbs near the Waverely Road junction, a footpath to access the bus stop, and ‘slow’ markings on the road approaching the pedestrian crossing near Westfield Road.

Nick Hewitt, who launched the crossing campaign after his daughter was injured on Station Road, thanked the parish council for its help, and said the group would appeal to other organisations and MP Liam Fox to continue its efforts to get a crossing.

Neil Howe, community engagement officer for the Guide Dogs charity, said: “For a blind person to cross a busy road, the only safe place is a controlled crossing.

“We are very keen to make sure the environment is inclusive and accessible for everyone.

“We know the situation in Backwell, and we know there have been accidents and people have been injured.

“We support Jo and her friends who are campaigning.”

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