Bridge bollards 'causing mayhem'
RESIDENTS in Weston-super-Mare have launched a petition pressing council chiefs to remove two sets of bollards installed on a railway bridge – because they make the road narrow and dangerous.
North Somerset Council installed the bollards either side of the railway bridge at Moor Lane in a bid to stop vehicles flouting the three tonne weight limit.
Council chiefs say the bollards are needed because the bridge is weak and the fact that people were ignoring the limit was making the bridge deteriorate.
But residents in Weston Village say the restrictions are dangerous and are causing chaos from motorists who are turning round rather than trying to get through.
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Residents have set up an e-petition – which has collected 250 signatures – calling for the council to remove them.
The petition has been set up by resident Rachel Lees said: "The bollards are causing damage to vehicles, has isolated the village to the point that emergency vehicles could not gain access quickly in an event of an emergency. Simple signs would have been appropriate.
Jeremy Long, 41, a coach driver, said: "The bollards have made the road ridiculously narrow. People are slowing right down to get through the bollard and it is causing congestion. People who think they can't get through them have been turning in the road, causing mayhem."
North Somerset Council spokesman, Nick Yates, said: "We have introduced measures to enforce traffic regulations and protect the road from further deterioration. These include installing bollards at either end of the bridge to enforce the 6ft 6ins width restriction and three tonne weight limit."