Highways at Somerset County Council are considering a proposal for safety measures on the road, at the busy junction between East Street/Market Street/North Street. The idea to improve traffic flow at the junction, which regularly becomes congested even in the quieter months of the year and at off peak times of the day, was first discussed at the meeting of Crewkerne Town Council Planning and Highways Committee in October last year.
Town and District Councillor Angie Singleton put forward the proposal for a yellow hatched box across the junction which traffic would not be able to enter unless the road ahead was clear. Town councillors agreed that it was a good suggestion and it was forwarded to Highways for them to assess the merits of the idea.
The yellow hatched markings at the bottom of North Street into Market Square currently slows down the traffic at that point. But for vehicles turning right onto Market Street from the junction and meeting the constant flow of traffic into the town from East Street, traffic jams are becoming the norm. Many motorists have reported near misses and minor collisions, making the junction increasingly dangerous to drivers and pedestrians.
If Highways agree that the proposed safety measure would alleviate traffic problems at the junction , it will become a Small Improvement Scheme (SIS) and be in line for implementation once the backlog of other scheduled SIS road improvements in Crewkerne have been carried out.