Crossing scheme submitted for Highbridge

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A SCHEME for a pedestrian crossing along a busy Highbridge road could benefit from a £2.4m road safety cash pot.

County Councillor for Highbridge and Burnham South, John Woodman, applied to Somerset County Council’s capital budget to fund the crossing on Pepperall Road between Field Road and Oldway Place.

Councillors were encouraged to submit Small Improvement Schemes (SIS), focused on improving local highways and road safety.

Cllr Woodman, said: “We need a crossing opposite the medical centre as it can be very difficult to cross the busy road, especially when people are feeling unwell.

“I hope Highbridge is going to get this much needed road safety improvement.”

Thirty-nine suggestions have been selected for consideration, with a further 16 schemes suggested by County Council highway engineers.

Some of the schemes put forward include new pedestrian crossings, reductions in speed limits, footpath improvements and traffic calming.

Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s all part of our commitment to listening – these schemes have come from a local source, whether from a parish council, individual or County Councillor. This means they’re important to the people we serve.

“Not everybody can be satisfied, but wherever possible and within the budget, we have set about getting things done for our residents.”

The Council’s highway engineers will now assess each scheme against design and budget restrictions.

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