Road plan which would 'put people's safety at risk' slated by village action group

PUBLISHED: 06:55 10 July 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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Villagers campaigning against a road being built through their parish have argued it will put people's safety at risk.

Tickenham Road Action Group (TRAG) has sent submissions to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in preparation for hearings in the autumn.

The group formed in February in response to the authority's Joint Local Transport Plan, and its document sets out arguments against the plans to build a road across The Causeway, which connects Nailsea to Tickenham.

The proposed road would mean people living in the 3,200 houses planned for Nailsea and Backwell would still have to travel through Tickenham to access the M5.

The development also includes 10.5 hectares of employment land.

TRAG has produced a report analysing traffic flows using independent figures, which show traffic through the village will reach maximum capacity by 2020 at peak times.

MORE: Road action group formed to tackle 'unacceptable' traffic plans for village.

TRAG chairman Bruce Campbell said: "Our campaign is for everyone who uses the road through the village, particularly children coming to school and their parents, the many cyclists who we like to see using the road and walkers, with or without dogs.

"Their safety will be at risk and motorists will suffer serious delays.

"The new road would increase the already heavy volume of traffic through the village to dangerous levels."

Potential problems include delays caused by heavy traffic of increasing size, public transport having to use bus stops with no lay-bys and parked lorries, which the group argues will be made much worse if the proposed road is 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.

Ward councillor Nigel Ashton and MP Liam Fox, who lives in the village, support the group's plan.

MORE: Bypass 'may be costly' but 'would protect the village'.

Mr Campbell added: "The proposed roads across The Causeway will only increase traffic on Clevedon Road which is already at capacity.

"This proposal is extremely short term and a waste of scarce funds. A far better approach would be to introduce the strategic link which links Nailsea directly to the M5."

TRAG has arranged to meet the new North Somerset Council executive to seek support.

For more information, visit the TRAG website.

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