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Campaigners’ plea for action on ‘dangerous’ road as crossing proposal appears likely to be dismissed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2017

Backwell campaigners with the sign.

Backwell campaigners with the sign.

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Campaigners have taken road safety into their own hands as they believe not enough has been done to the ‘dangerous’ stretch since two people were hit by cars.

Campaigners installed a sign in Station Road last week. Campaigners installed a sign in Station Road last week.

Worried parents and residents in Backwell have been calling for changes to be made to Station Road since a student and parish councillor were injured in November.

Almost a year on, Nick Hewitt, whose daughter suffered a fractured arm when she was hit by a car, has continued to campaign for road improvements, and has been working with Backwell Parish Council to find out what can be done.

In the meantime, some parents have created their own road sign to warn drivers of a blind junction and its closeness to Backwell School.

MORE: Group formed to improve road safety in Station Road.

Lisa Macdonald, who lives near Station Road, organised the project.

She said: “The road is so dangerous and it is also used by so many people, including hundreds of children going to and from school.

Station Road. Station Road.

“A road which was a horse and cart track has been turned into the only way to get anywhere.

“It is not suited to all that traffic.”

Campaigners say a number of changes need to be made, including installing a crossing near the junction with Waverley Road.

School coaches often use the narrow road, and markings can be seen on the pavements where they have mounted the curb, which is also narrow.

MORE: Village campaign for crossing after two accidents in one day.

The parish council will discuss plans for works to be made to the road tomorrow (Thursday), but the Times understands a crossing near Waverley Road will not be included as North Somerset Council highway officers do not believe one is not necessary.

Instead, parish councillors will discuss recommendations to make drivers more aware of the school and schoolchildren crossing.

Ms Macdonald said: “I don’t know why this isn’t a priority for North Somerset Council.

“I know it is not easy, but we have to think changes are possible.

“For a member of the public to take action and to put a sign up is an extreme thing to do.”

Ms Macdonald said a number of people have been bumped by vehicles while walking along Station Road, but many have not reported it.

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