Working party wants to tackle 'ridiculous' amount of traffic in village

PUBLISHED: 15:55 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:32 13 May 2019

The speed limit in Beggar Bush lane has been reduced from the national speed limit in the past year. Picture: Google

The speed limit in Beggar Bush lane has been reduced from the national speed limit in the past year. Picture: Google

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'More can be done' to help reduce speeding in a village, according to a working group.

Failand Village Traffic Working Party has been looking at road safety issues in the village and working on proposals to present to Wraxall and Failand Parish Council and ultimately to North Somerset Council for costing and approval.

The parish council has also responded to consultations on parking and traffic flow challenges in North Somerset.

It highlighted parking issues in Lodge Lane being used as an overflow car park for GE Oil and Gas, the B3128 in Clevedon Road when Tyntesfield House holds events and outside Wraxall Primary School, in Bristol Road.

Traffic flow issues are also expected from the proposed Joint Spatial Plan and the expansion of Bristol Airport.

The parish council had previously called for a roundabout and the introduction of quiet lanes to be considered to help tackle an increase in commuter traffic.

MORE: Lower speed limits planned for 'concerning' commuter roads.

A working party spokesman said: "Failand is suffering from a ridiculous amount of traffic heading along Flax Bourton Road and down Belmont Hill.

"The main aim of our speed campaign was to get the speed limit around the triangle reduced from 40mph to 30mph, this has evidently failed.

"The parish council has been claiming the slight extension of the 40mph limit as a significant achievement, which it is not."

In the past year, speed limits in Beggar Bush Lane and Belmont Hill have been reduced from the national limit to 50mph, and sections of the B3130 and B3128 have been reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

MORE: Council pleads for traffic calming methods before housing development.

The parish council also used a vehicle activated sign last June which has been in action at various locations around the parish.

The council spokesman said: "We are able to harvest the data collected which will give us accurate information about traffic volumes and speed and can be used as evidence in any submission to North Somerset in the future.

"The parish council hopes to receive finalised proposals to improve the safety in the parish imminently.

"Once firmed up, we intend to consult with residents by holding a drop in session at Failand village hall so people can let us know their views."

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