Clevedon roadworks to reduce speeding and improve pedestrian safety

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 November 2018

Road works in place at the junction of Strode Road and Southern Way.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Road works in place at the junction of Strode Road and Southern Way. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A £15,000 scheme to improve safety on a busy Clevedon road began this week.

Work to improve pedestrian crossing facilities in Clevedon’s Strode Road started on Monday and will last two weeks.

It will see a new footpath, kerbing and crossing points installed at the junction of Strode Road, near Asda, and Southern Way.

Traffic woes are already being felt in the area as temporary lights have been put in place.

The road will also be closed between 8pm-6am and a signed diversion in place via Southern Way and Old Church Road.

It is hoped the work will not only improve pedestrian safety but deter speeding along the 30mph main road.

Speeding has been a big bug-bear of the Clevedon Neighbourhood Watch and Partners And Communities Together (PACT).

PACT chairman David Brockington welcomed the improvements, which have been jointly funded by North Somerset Council and Clevedon Town Council.

He said: “When conducting our Speedwatch programme, we have come across people driving at 66mph down the road.

“We don’t and can’t prosecute but we work with the police, who also do checks in the area, to make sure people are spoken to.

“We welcome the incentive and we hope it can make a difference.

“We are sorry we cannot have several pedestrian crossing and speeding deterrents in and around the town but are very grateful for what we have got.”

The scheme has cost the two councils £7,500 each and is being carried out by Skanska, North Somerset’s contractor.

Access to businesses will be maintained, although drivers may experience some delays over the coming days.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset’s deputy leader whose portfolio includes highways, said: “These works are in response to justified local concerns about road safety at this junction.

“Although there will be some temporary inconvenience to motorists, I hope drivers will appreciate the need and conditions will return to normal as quickly as possible.”

For more updates on North Somerset’s road network, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks

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