Renewed calls have been made for a lower speed limit on the A36 approaching Bath to prevent a serious accident occurring.
Conservative councillors representing the Bathavon North ward are supporting calls by Claverton Parish Council for the speed limit through the village to be reduced from 60mph to 40mph.
The Parish Council, with the support of local councillors Martin Veal, Gabriel Batt and Geoff Ward, has asked the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the road, to undertake a safety review of the A36 and implement a reduced speed limit. The campaign has also gained the backing of the B&NES Council and the West of England Joint Transport Executive.
The topic was discussed again the recent AGM of Claverton Parish Council and the Parish Council met this month with the Highways Agency to discuss the issue. However, the Agency has said that it would not undertake design work on the scheme until 2013 at the earliest, and any reduced speed limit would not be in place until at least 2014-15 as part of a wider Bath to Wiltshire safety project.
Councillor Martin Veal has now written to the Highways Agency calling for more urgent action to be taken.
Cllr Veal (Cons, Bathavon North) said:
“A speed limit of 60mph is far too fast for this section of the A36, which runs through a residential area and which splits a village community. There have been several near-misses on this road in recent times and urgent action is needed before a serious accident occurs. The campaign has been backed by the Parish Council, all the ward councillors and B&NES. So it’s very disappointing that the Highways Agency has still not acted on these concerns and has said that any work would not be completed for another three years.
“I have written again to the Highways Agency calling for more immediate action to be taken and asking for the speed limit review to be brought forward to this year. I know the Parish Council is also continuing to press the Highways Agency, so I hope they will act upon these genuine and serious concerns and treat this as a higher priority.”