Speed indicator device installed in road where 'accident waiting to happen'

PUBLISHED: 06:55 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:45 09 October 2019

Dennyview Road. Picture: Google

Dennyview Road. Picture: Google

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More than 80 per cent of drivers have exceeded the 50mph limit on a busy road, with speeds of 80mph clocked up by some motorists.

The A369 in Abbots Leigh is popular with commuters to Bristol, Portishead and Weston given its proximity to the M5 and is also used by lorries and buses.

Abbots Leigh Parish Council installed a temporary speed indicator device last month and in the first eight days it recorded the speeds of 23,622 vehicles, of which 81 per cent exceeded the limit, with the quickest driver clocked at 80mph.

Council chairman Simon Talbot-Ponsonby said: "It has been a major issue in the parish for the past 15 months, people have always found that stretch of road a problem with speeding.

"The data shows the device actually doesn't appear to have made much difference to speeds as 81 per cent are consistently exceeding the speed limit and there have a number of vehicles travelling above 70mph.

"In the short time after we put the device up it was noticeable how many vehicles definitely slowed down, including a bus and a police car.

"The sign collects the data, which can be passed on to North Somerset Council."

Nearby Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council is considering setting up a community speedwatch team, which would be run by volunteers across all three of the parishes.

In recent years there have been measures to try to improve road safety such as the white lines at the end of the road pushed out slightly and the pavement realigned for the cycle path, but they have been in vain.

North Somerset Council last week reduced the speed limit on the A369 from 50 to 40mph.

Jackie Scanlan, who lives in Dennyview Road, believes 'an accident is waiting to happen' at the junction of her road and the A369.

She said: "The main road is on a hill, so drivers naturally seem to be foot-down, powering up the slope unaware or not caring about the change in the speed limit.

"Add this to the poor visibility, as Dennyview Road is on a bend, and I do worry about an accident waiting to happen.

"I know neighbours who have moved away citing the junction as one of the reasons they were happy to be leaving.

"Will it really take a serious accident to change anything?"

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