Councillors representing villages along the A37 in North East Somerset have hailed the news that the busy commuter route is to benefit from major investment to improve road safety over the next two years.
Conservative-run Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that it has earmarked £138,000 for a package of road safety measures along its length from Whitchurch village to Farrington Gurney. The work aims to reduce traffic speeds, cut accidents, and save lives along a stretch of road which has become notorious as an accident black-spot in recent years.
Some of the measures include improved signage, better visibility, repainted road markings, and a 30mph limit through all villages. As well as the work to improve road safety, the Council is also undertaking overnight resurfacing of part of the A37 through Pensford later this month.
The investment in the A37 improvements comes following a campaign by Conservative councillors in the area.
Councillor Paul May (Cons), who represents the villages of Publow, Pensford and Whitchurch, said:
“This is excellent news for the villages along the A37 and I know that residents and Parish Councils will be pleased to hear that at long last B&NES is putting in the investment needed to improve safety along this notorious stretch of road.
“Securing investment in the A37 is something I campaigned for during the local elections last year, so I’m delighted to see the Council under the Conservatives taking this much-needed action. The need to reduce speeds and improve safety through our villages is a major issue which is frequently raised by residents, and in addition to this the A37 has been added to the Chew Valley transport study to look at the long term needs of the area. I would like to thank Councillor Clarke in particular, as the Cabinet Member for Transport, for his work on this.”
One of the new measures which the Council plans to put in place is a new 30mph limit through Clutton village. Clutton Councillor Karen Warrington (Cons) commented:
“Road safety and speeding is a real concern for residents in Clutton. The current 40mph speed limit is too high for a village with numerous pedestrians and children crossing the road, so I’m really pleased to see the council putting in place these long-overdue plans to bring the speed limit down to 30mph. This is a real victory for those who have campaigned for this over many years.”
Farrington Gurney is also set to see the speed limit reduced to 30mph on the A37 through the village. Local Councillor Les Kew (Cons, High Littleton) said:
“The most sensible speed when driving through a village is 30mph, so I welcome the council’s proposals to bring Farrington Gurney into line with most other villages by reducing the speed limit from the current 40mph.”