Following a long-running road safety campaign by local residents and Councillors in Midsomer Norton, the speed limit along the busy Silver Street entering town is set to be to be cut in half to 30mph.
Following the publication of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order by B&NES Council, it is planned that the 30mph speed limit on Silver Street will be extended a further 350 yards out from Midsomer Norton, reducing the speed on the approach to the town from the current 60mph. Campaigners have been calling for the speed limit to be reduced in order to improve safety for pupils of Norton Hill Secondary School, who have to cross Silver Street in order to access nearby playing fields.
Local Conservative Councillors Chris Watt and John Whittock (Midsomer Norton Redfield) have supported the residents’ campaign and successfully pressed the Council to bring forward funding for the plans to this financial year.
Cllr Chris Watt said:
“I know that the local residents who have campaigned hard for this reduced speed limit will be very pleased to hear that it should soon be in place. Silver Street is a busy main road and is used by many local school children to access playing fields, so it was clear that the 60mph speed limit heading into Midsomer Norton on this road was far too high.”
Cllr John Whittock added:
“Myself and Chris were delighted to work with local residents on this successful campaign and it’s very welcome that the Council listened to our calls to bring forward the planned work to this year. We have secured the support of the local police force for the reduced speed limit, and if there are no objections to the plan then we should have the 30ph limit in place by early summer.”