Funding has been secured to improve road safety along a notorious stretch of the A37 near Bristol running through the village of Pensford. Following campaigning by Pensford residents together with local councillor Peter Edwards (Cons, Publow&Whitchurch), new speed enforcement measures are to be installed to calm traffic along the A37 driving through the small village.
It has now been confirmed that Bath and North East Somerset Council has earmarked £66,000 to complete the project this year.
The speed camera at the bottom of Pensford Hill on the A37 was vandalised some months ago prompting local residents to campaign for one to be reinstalled. Following discussions between Cllr Edwards and the Council Highways department a new camera is now to be installed at a new location on top of the hill capturing traffic before it enters Pensford. A new flashing speed sign is also to be installed at the former speed camera site to warn drivers of the 30mph limit through the village.
Conservative Councillor Edwards welcomed the news, saying:
“The confirmation that these road safety measures are to be installed is very good news to local residents in Pensford and is something we have been working on for some time. The A37 is a very busy road, and while most drivers respect the fact they are driving through a quiet village, this stretch is often a notorious rat-race, particularly at rush-hours.
“The new locations of the flashing speed sign and speed camera should improve the road for villagers. However, I have also asked the Council to look into extending the 30mph speed limit further out from Pensford to the B3130 and would also favour controlling Pensford Hill with traffic lights to make it alternate traffic travelling one-way at a time.”
Work is currently due to start on the road safety improvements in the early autumn.