A solution to Crewkerne’s long-term traffic congestion problems could be on the horizon as plans for a one-way system are drawn up.
The idea is to create a more fluid traffic flow through the town which regularly suffers from jams, centring around the Market Square area.
Plans for the one-way system will go on display at a consultation event in Crewkerne when they are completed.
Detailed drawings are being produced by Somerset County Council which will show the system introduced in North Street and the existing one-way flow in Rose Lane reversed.
This would see traffic leaving Market Square via North Street in a northbound direction only.
A residents’ group in Crewkerne is trying to persuade councillors to prevent traffic accessing East Street from the town centre as part of the plans.
Residents fear there will be an increase in cars and lorries coming down East Street, with jams likely when large vehicles travelling in opposite directions meet at narrow points on the road.
More than 100 householders from East Street and Mount Pleasant have put their names to a letter calling for East Street to be made no entry from Market Square in order to prevent this.
Crewkerne town councillor Mike Best said: “Once all the details have been worked out it was going to go back to a public consultation. There would be an exhibition of the plans and it would go from there.
“We are waiting for Somerset County Council to finish producing the detailed plans before residents can have their say on them.”
Crewkerne resident, Dr Andrew Collings, said: “Traffic in the town is the outstanding issue, it has been getting worse over the years and there is a considerable amount of congestion.
“So many HGVs are looking for a road through the town, the shortest route to where they are going.
“It is particularly dangerous in North Street; it is narrow, lorries regularly mount the pavements and it houses a school.
“Addressing the issue would help the economy by freeing up the access to the town. That would encourage people to shop.”
A county council spokeswoman said the bid for a one-way system in Crewkerne had been submitted under the local transport plan.
She said: “Somerset County Council officers continue to work with the town council and county councillor John Dyke to help realise their aspirations for the town centre highway network.
“Various options are under consideration and are being tested to consider their impacts on traffic flows and mitigation of the current status quo. This process has been delayed to further take account of the emerging details and wider network effects of the forthcoming Crewkerne Link Road (CLR).
“The delay will ensure that the study encompasses all committed future development to create a robust model against which the various options will be considered. When this exercise has been completed, its findings will be reported back to the town council and options then put forward for public consultation.”