Lower speed limits planned for ‘concerning’ commuter roads

Beggar Bush Lane will see its speed limit reduced. Picture: Google

Beggar Bush Lane will see its speed limit reduced. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

Speeding in Failand will be reduced thanks to measures which will be introduced by its parish council.

The Times reported earlier this month how the parish council wants a roundabout and the introduction of quiet lanes to be considered before thousands of homes are built as part of the long-term Joint Spatial Plan, which would bring increased commuter traffic problems to the area.

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Wraxall and Failand parish councillor David Robinson has been working with Tickenham, Abbots Leigh, Long Ashton, Pill and Easton-in-Gordano parish councils in order to make a joint request for speed limit reductions on roads within the villages.

Discussions between Cllr Robinson and North Somerset Council have been successful, as both parties agreed for speed limits on Beggar Bush Lane and Belmont Hill to be reduced.

The changes will see them lowered from the national limit to 50mph, and sections of the B3130 and B3128 will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

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A spokesman for the parish council said: “We are informed the speed limits will be amended later this year.

“Following discussions with, and a great deal of work carried out by, Failand Residents Against Speeding (FRAS), we held a public meeting to look at possible measures to reduce the speed of vehicles travelling through the parish.

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“Following that meeting a Failand village traffic working party was set up to look at how to address these concerns, which will reduce speeding in Failand.”

The parish council received ‘several complaints’ from people living in the area who were concerned about the speed and volume of traffic through Failand and are in favour of ‘a phased approach to address the issues as opposed to significant engineering measures’.

FRAS’ key considerations are to reduce the overall average speed of cars in order to make it more obvious to motorists it is a village, to improve safety at pedestrian areas including the village hall and bus stop access and to discourage drivers from using Flax Bourton Road as a rat run.

FRAS is working with the parish council to create plans to submit to North Somerset Council for consideration.

Last month, the parish council was loaned a vehicle-activated speeding sign by the authority for use in different locations throughout the village.

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