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Plans for new one-way traffic system in Crewkerne to go on display

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

Marcus Barrett

RIGHT WAY: North Street resident Marcus Barrett says he would welcome any proposals which improve road safety in Crewkerne. Plans for a one way system will be revealed tomorrow

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Long-awaited plans for a one-way system on North Street in Crewkerne will go on public display tomorrow.

Detailed drawings have been produced by Somerset County Council for a scheme to create a more fluid traffic flow through the town, which regularly suffers from jams leading from Market Square.

Proposals for a system were outlined to town councillors in 2011.

It is expected that the plans will propose part of North Street will become one way and the existing one-way flow in Rose Lane is reversed. However residents will be keen to see if extra parking is included on the North Street plan.

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Liz Popham, who lives on North Street, said a scheme was desperately needed to make the area safer.

“A one-way system that reduces the speed of traffic is essential considering Ashlands First School and children’s centre are nearby.

“I have an eight-week-old baby and I have felt vulnerable pushing him in his pram along the pavement.

“It is very narrow in places with an odd camber sending you very close to wing mirrors, especially when two lorries are passing.

“I hope that a new system could create some on-street parking. This is a huge issue for residents. We’ve been stopped from parking on the widest stretch which has simply resulted in speeding vehicles paying scant regard for the 30mph limit.

“My 200-year-old home is shaken to its foundations when the large vehicles pass by at speed.”

Resident and road campaigner Marcus Barrett said: “As a local campaigner for safer roads since 2006 and a resident of North Street since moving here when I was a year-old, I welcome any proposals which support road safety in our community.

“I am concerned that research has shown one-way schemes can actually increase speeds and so I look forward to seeing what these very long-awaited plans will suggest.

“I do ask why the plan for a 20mph limit across the whole town centre area has not come forward despite agreement by our councillors, years ago, that it would be put in place. I know there are many families across the town and in South Street in particular who are very worried about speeding.”

Resident Dr Andrew Collings said: “Traffic has been getting worse over the years and there is a considerable amount of congestion.

“It is particularly dangerous in North Street. It is narrow and lorries regularly mount the pavements.”

Residents can have their say on proposed plans from tomorrow when they are displayed in the Crewkerne Community Office at the Town Hall.

On Wednesday officers from Somerset County Council will hold a drop-in public meeting in the Victoria Hall between 4.30pm and 7pm, where residents can talk to officers about the proposals.

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