Schoolgirl appeals for traffic calming on cycle route

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 October 2019

8-year-old Romilly Teague-Long, concerned about the busy road where Festival Way cycle path crosses Trendlewood Way, on her way to school.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

8-year-old Romilly Teague-Long, concerned about the busy road where Festival Way cycle path crosses Trendlewood Way, on her way to school. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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An eight-year-old girl from Nailsea is appealing for speed bumps to slow cars down on a busy cycle route.

Romilly Teague-Long has written to Nailsea Town Council to ask the authority whether it would support traffic calming measures along Trendlewood Way, where it meets with Festival Way cycle path.

Romilly and her friends walk or cycle to school along the route, but she says it is a race to get across the road in time as cars come round too fast.

She said: "My dad and I think there should be traffic control because I walk to school that way and my friends do.

"I think the cars could run someone over as they are going really fast. Speed bumps would help to slow cars down."

The road is quite wide and although there is a 'slow' warning written on the road, Romilly and her dad Karl Long say vehicles still speed.

He added: "That's the main route to go across to Golden Valley Primary School from the Elms and Trendlewood, but because of the way the road curves cars come round quite fast.

"It's also very difficult for childminders and people with pushchairs. If you start crossing and get halfway across, you can't see cars coming. You've got to really peg it across.

"It's a major crossing to get to the school, so some sort of a crossing or traffic control would be quite beneficial."

North Somerset Council has agreed to look at the site.

Its spokesman said: "We are going to be looking at that crossing and in particular the signage warning drivers they are approaching it."

St Francis Primary School, along with parents and town councillors, have been pushing for a crossing on Station Road for the past three years.

More: Council backs schools crossing campaign.

Cllr Andy Cole, who represents Nailsea for North Somerset, said: "The bottom line is financing such schemes. North Somerset Council maintains funding has to be sourced privately.

"Historically the town council has been reluctant to contribute unless there is match funding from North Somerset Council, so there is a ongoing logjam.

"Identifying expenditure to construct two crossings is going to be extremely difficult to say the least."

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