Road safety campaigners in Midsomer Norton are celebrating the news that a new zebra crossing is to be installed on the town’s busy Charlton Road.
The crossing is being installed to help improve road safety for local school children attending nearby Norton Hill School, and comes after a long campaign by local Conservative Councillors to improve road safety on Charlton Road.
Local Councillors Chris Watt and John Whittock successfully campaigned for flashing speed signs on Charlton Road, which many local children have to cross to access Norton Hill School. Chris and John have welcomed the confirmation that the new crossing is to be installed as another positive step towards improving safety on the road, which at times is one of the busiest in Midsomer Norton.
The improvement comes as part of a £1.8 million investment in road safety and highways improvement projects this year by B&NES Conservative councillors, who made increasing investment in Safer Routes to School schemes a key pledge at the last local elections.
Cllr Chris Watt (Cons, Midsomer Norton Redfield) said:
“This is great news for local children who have to cross Charlton Road daily to get to Norton Hill School, and it will also improve road safety for all local residents. Local Conservatives made investing in better road safety, particularly on routes to school, a key pledge at the last local elections, so it’s good to see this investment benefiting Midsomer Norton.”
Local Conservative councillors have now said the council should also look into new crossing facilities on Silver Street.
Cllr Watt added:
“With Norton Hill and Somervale School now linked in a Federation, it’s important that children at those schools can move between them to access shared facilities safely. We will therefore also be asking the council to look into the possibility of new a new crossing on Silver Street.”