Double success for road safety campaigns

Local residents and councillors in Midsomer Norton have been celebrating the success of a long-running campaign for new pedestrian crossings in the town. Conservative Councillors for Midsomer Norton North Barry Macrae and Shirley Steel supported local residents in their calls for B&NES council to install two new pedestrian crossings approaching the busy junction of North Road and Northmead Road and made getting the crossings built a key pledge in the last local election campaign.

Barry and Shirley and met with Highways Officer from the Council last year on-site to demonstrate how busy Northmead road is and the dangers of trying to cross it.

Cllr Macrae said:

“When we met the Highways Officer on Northmead Road to press him on the need for a road safety measures at that spot, we were initially hoping to have one crossing installed. However, we were extremely pleased that having shown how dangerous both Northmead and North Road are to cross, it was agreed that two new crossings would be built, one on each road.”

Funding was secured last year in the council’s budget for transport capital schemes and the crossings have now been installed leading up to the North Road/Northmead Road roundabout.

Cllr Shirely Steel (Con, Midsomer Norton North) added:

“We are extremely pleased that our campaign has proved a success. Improved road safety at this busy junction has been needed for a long time so these new crossings should make it much easier for pedestrians, benefiting the many people who cross this road every day.

“Road safety has improved a lot in Midsomer Norton over recent years, with the ‘Safer Routes to School’ programme making the walks to local schools much easier. It’s important though that we continue to highlight the particular road-safety hot-spots to the council and ensure that action gets taken.

“If local residents have any concerns about other road safety spots in their area then myself and Barry would welcome their comments.”