Road action group formed to tackle ‘unacceptable’ traffic plans for village

PUBLISHED: 15:58 13 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:24 13 February 2019

Members of the newly-formed Tickenham Road Action Group, Alan Hooley, Bob Beale, Alan Raines and John Crew.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Members of the newly-formed Tickenham Road Action Group, Alan Hooley, Bob Beale, Alan Raines and John Crew. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A working group has been set up in order to tackle proposals to build a road in a village.

Tickenham Road Action Group (TRAG) has formed in response to the West of England’s Joint Local Transport Plan, which has an option to build a road from the western end of Queens Road in Nailsea, to the B3130, joining it at a point near Washing Pound Lane in Tickenham.

A public meeting was held last month where more than 100 villagers raised concerns about the plans.

TRAG volunteer Bob Beale told the Times: “The new road would increase the already heavy volume of traffic through the village to dangerous levels, primary school children and cyclists would be at risk.

“The Batch, already often blocked by heavy goods vehicles, would also have to take more.

Members of the newly-formed Tickenham Road Action Group, Alan Hooley, Bob Beale, Alan Raines and John Crew.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONMembers of the newly-formed Tickenham Road Action Group, Alan Hooley, Bob Beale, Alan Raines and John Crew. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“We feel the plan has failed to make proper allowance for the significant increase in traffic.”

The proposed route aims to provide ‘a circuitous route through both Tickenham and Clevedon to junction 20 of the M5’, with the estimated construction date being 2027-29.

The report estimates at peak times an additional 150-300 cars would use the road.

MORE: Parish council fears village will be ‘inundated’ if new road built.

TRAG instead wants to adopt a long-term link road from Nailsea to junction 20, which was included as an option in stage two of the transport programme.

There are also proposals for a haul road across The Causeway to Church Lane as part of a separate project.

The transport plan is out for consultation, and the deadline to submit a response is March 20.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton will host a public meeting at Castlewood, in Tickenham Road in Clevedon, about speeding and traffic issues in the village on March 4 at 6pm.

MP Liam Fox, who lives in the village, has backed the group saying he does not want to see more cars cut through the parish.

He said: “Tickenham is already badly affected by the volume and size of vehicles driving through to get to Nailsea or Bristol.

“To purposely route more traffic through this village is not only unacceptable, but very short-term thinking which we are trying to avoid as it would create more problems than it would solve.

“With more development being forced on us, we need infrastructure for the future and not just the short term.”

For more information, visit the TRAG website.

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