20mph speed limit for busy North Somerset road called ‘tremendous news’ by campaigners
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 June 2018
A busy and ‘dangerous’ village road will have a 20mph speed limit imposed at all times after a long-running campaign to improve safety.
Concerns were raised about Backwell’s Station Road in 2016 after a teenager and a councillor were hit by a car on the same day, although measures have been brought in over the years to try to improve safety.
Backwell Parish Council and North Somerset Council organised for a number of changes to be made along Station Road earlier this year using a £7,223 Bristol Airport grant, including signs to make drivers aware of their speed, and dropped kerbs.
North Somerset Council has now decided to introduce a 20mph limit in Station Road from the Moor Lane to West Town Road junction. The limit will also be imposed in Meadow Close, and The Crescent.
North Somerset councillor Karen Barclay, who represents Backwell and worked with the parish council and campaigners on the improvement schemes, said a 20mph limit was already in place when children are going to and from school, but this will now extend to all times.
She said: “We have all been working together to try to get as much as we can done on the road in response to residents’ concerns.
“Hopefully this will help with the safety of the area throughout the day. We are trying to make the area safer all the time, rather than just at certain times.”
North Somerset will also introduce speed cushions, to help to ensure the new limits are followed by drivers, as well as raised crossings for pedestrians.
Parent Nick Hewitt, who has described Station Road as ‘dangerous’ and has campaigned for a crossing in Station Road since his daughter was hit by a car, said: “I think this is tremendous news.
“I am very appreciative of the hard work councillors have put in to achieve this. When my daughter was knocked down on that wet and gloomy afternoon coming home from school I then realised things had to change.
“I am so appreciative of the campaigners who joined me and have stuck with me.
“The improvements we are getting will go a significant way to bringing Station Road up to the standard we should expect for a road adjoining a large secondary school.”
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