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Huge safety improvements for busy road where child died

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A £1 million package of safety improvements is to be introduced on a busy road on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare where a child died after falling off her bike into the path of an oncoming car.

North Somerset Council has been awarded £973,000 in Government funding for the package of improvements on the busy A371 Wolvershill Road at Locking between its junction with the A370 and the village of Banwell.

Government chiefs are concerned about the safety of the road which has become busier due to increased traffic from major housing developments in the area.

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The road has also seen a number of tragic accidents over the years.

Seventeen-year-old Fiona Braidwood, from Banwell, was driving to Churchill Academy in March 2016 when she lost control of her car on the A371 Wovershill Road in Banwell.

Fiona, who was studying for her A-Levels, was taken to Southmead Hospital but died of her injuries.

Seven year-old April Reeves also died on the A371 at Locking in May 2015 after she was out cycling with her family and fell off her bike into the path of an oncoming car.

The road used to have a 60mph limit but a temporary 40mph limit has since been introduced.

Local residents have been calling for years for improvements on the busy road including a permanent reduction in the speed limit and new crossing points.

Although the final details of the scheme are still being devised, it is likely the measures will include making the temporary 40mph speed limit permanent.

The speed limit on the approach to Banwell will be reduced to 30mph.

New crossing points will be installed and pavements and cycleways along the route improved.

North Somerset Council councillor for Hutton and Locking Councillor Mike Solomon said: “The A371 is a very busy and fast road which has seen some tragic accidents.

“There has been a significant increase in traffic in the area as a result of the large number of new housing developments.

“Vehicles tend to build up speed as they travel along this route as it is a long, straight road.

“There are real fears that the situation will only get worse in the future and the hope is that these measures will make the road far safer. for motorists and pedestrians.”

Details of the scheme are due to be finalised this month.

Work is due to start in August and be completed by Christmas.

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