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Safety measures planned to reduce speeding on 'dangerous' Wincanton road

By Western Gazette - South Somerset  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Residents of Rodgrove, off Moor Lane, Wincanton, have led calls for speed-reducing measures to be brought in along the road

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Police say speed-reducing measures will be introduced on a “dangerous” road in Wincanton.

In June, mother-of-two Debbie Jeffery had to be cut out of her car by emergency services after a collision on Moor Lane.

Weeks later, 19-year-old Nicola Parsons, of Kington Magna, was killed on the same road.

Since the incidents, residents in Wincanton and Rodgrove, a hamlet off Moor Lane, have led calls for safety measures to be introduced immediately.

Police now say the Somerset County Council’s highways department will improve road markings, and add rumble strips near Moor Lane’s junction with Common Road. “Slow” signs will be added at a corner nearby.

Wincanton beat manager PC Andrew Brown said: “During the year there have been several accidents along Moor Lane, especially at the junction with Common Road.

“As a result of this, I have had a meeting with Somerset Highways and a range of improvements have been agreed.

“However, motorists should still take care while driving along country lanes, especially at this time of year.

“Road surfaces can be greasy, animals could be crossing and there can be slow-moving agricultural vehicles.

“I am optimistic these improvements will make a significant difference.”

Upon hearing the news, Mrs Jeffery, of Balsam Gardens, said: “It’s a step in the right direction and is brilliant news, but the measures should go all the way down that road.

“If it stops only one accident then it’s a good thing. However, I think more needs to be done because accidents don’t just happen on that corner.”

Colin Winder, mayor of Wincanton, has led calls for a speed restriction to be introduced on Moor Lane.

He said: “It’s a dangerous road. Anything that will slow drivers down has to be considered a good idea.”

Wincanton Town Council has also applied to Somerset Highways for speed-indicating devices to be introduced on Moor Lane and West Hill.

After the death of Miss Parsons, Rodgrove resident Simon Barfoot warned there will be further fatalities on the road if action was not taken.

He said: “Terrible things will happen again. The law of averages will always win.

“People who live off Moor Lane are aware of the danger so they can manage the risk, but the people that get pulled out of the hedges are often those not familiar with the road.

“These measures could save lives.”

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