Roadworks in Congresbury's Wrington Lane altered amid death fears

PUBLISHED: 05:45 06 June 2017

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A Congresbury villager says road safety needs improving because otherwise a fatality is 'only a matter of time'.

Debra Green lives in Wrington Lane and says there have been a number of near-misses since nearby Wrington Road was closed for roadworks on May 8.

She said: “I fear that if the new houses at the bottom of the lane get built, then this is going to be a permanent problem.

“Something needs to be done to make Wrington Lane safer for all.”

Motorists are being diverted five miles through Langford while the Wrington Road roadworks continue. They are due to end on July 10.

However, many drivers are using the narrow Wrington Lane as a cut-through and Ms Green said it cannot cope.

She said: “As for pedestrians, including my daughter who has to use the lane to walk home from school, they have almost been knocked down twice in the past fortnight. My neighbour won’t drive down it at all.

“I’ve had the back of the car nearly hit when reversing out of my drive, and my house guest almost had a head-on (collision). She was shaken so much, she won’t visit again.

“It’s only a matter of time before there is a casualty, even a fatality.

“The lane is bad enough as it is on normal basis.”

She called North Somerset Council and Bristol Water to report the problems, but said nothing was done at first.

However, the council has in the past week put more signs in place to warn drivers Wrington Lane is not an appropriate cut-through.

Its spokesman said: “Wrington Lane is not part of the signed diversion route, but some road users are using it as an alternative route.

“We have been liaising with Kier, which is undertaking the works in Wrington Road on behalf of Bristol Water, in relation to Wrington Lane.

“It was already reviewing concerns raised and has now provided additional signage.

“Additional advance signage to warn road users has also been provided on Iwood Lane.

“Kier is monitoring the situation to see if this improves the situation.”

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