Conservative councillors in Midsomer Norton are celebrating the news that plans for a new pedestrian crossing on one of the town’s busiest main roads have been given the green-light.
The announcement comes following years of campaigning by local parents and school children, backed by local Conservatives, for improved road safety on Silver Street, which forms one of the main walking and cycling routes to Norton Hill School.
Efforts were stepped up last year after councillors leant their support to a campaign by a local school pupil who had been knocked down and hospitalised whilst crossing Silver Street.
Now, B&NES Council has confirmed that work on a new Toucan Crossing on Silver Street is due to start within the next few weeks and be completed before the start of the new school term. The crossing will be situated near the junction with Charlton Road, and will provide a dedicated crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists on their route to Norton Hill School.
The location of the crossing, which is being funded using developer contributions gained from the Alcan site, will also provide a link to the Greenway walking and cycle path.
Councillor Chris Watt (Cons, Midsomer Norton Redfield) said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that plans for a new pedestrian crossing on Silver Street have finally been given the green-light by B&NES.
“Working alongside local parents and Norton Hill School, we’ve been campaigning for several years for action to improve road safety on the route to Norton Hill School. As part of this campaign we also managed to get the speed limit reduced to 30mph on a stretch of the road a few years ago. By having this new crossing installed, it will make this route even safer for walkers and cyclists, and especially local school children.”