Visibility issues at Ilminster crossing

Yeovil Express: Visibility issues at Ilminster crossing Visibility issues at Ilminster crossing

ACTION could soon be taken to improve the visibility of a crossing in Ilminster.

Concerns were raised over the zebra crossing, on Station Road, after a young boy was knocked off his bike.

PC Andy Stuart said he has investigated the crossing and admitted that visibility during the day could be a problem.

In a report to councillors at last week's town council meeting, PC Stuart said: “I have sat back at the location and monitored its use, and I have not seen anything untoward happen.

“That said, I have to admit that in daylight hours the flashing beacons are very difficult to see, and to a motorist who isn't familiar with the area, it could be easy to not see the crossing until it is too late.

“This is also true of the other crossings in Ilminster and other towns and I will take this up with the relevant authorities.”

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10:07pm Mon 14 Apr 14

orchardman says...

A number of items spring to mind regarding the Station Road crossings adjacent to Bradfords, and the Spar shop, not to mention the two crossings on Canal Way. Firstly is the fact the 30mph speed limits are ignored, often considerably, in all these locations by a high percentage of all types of vehicle. Secondly, whilst the Highway Code states the pedestrian has right of way on these crossings, surely in these modern times, common sense dictates you don't assume this will be the case, therefore wait until you're sure the driver is going to give way. With the proposed developments in the town, which will greatly increase footfall/ traffic flows in these areas, maybe the time is approaching when the powers that be should look at reducing the speed limit, certainly on Canal Way, to 20mph with associated traffic calming and (enforced) double yellows from Ric sur Beilon Way to Herne View, particularly if the council ever get round to providing off road parking for those using the Rec.
A number of items spring to mind regarding the Station Road crossings adjacent to Bradfords, and the Spar shop, not to mention the two crossings on Canal Way. Firstly is the fact the 30mph speed limits are ignored, often considerably, in all these locations by a high percentage of all types of vehicle. Secondly, whilst the Highway Code states the pedestrian has right of way on these crossings, surely in these modern times, common sense dictates you don't assume this will be the case, therefore wait until you're sure the driver is going to give way. With the proposed developments in the town, which will greatly increase footfall/ traffic flows in these areas, maybe the time is approaching when the powers that be should look at reducing the speed limit, certainly on Canal Way, to 20mph with associated traffic calming and (enforced) double yellows from Ric sur Beilon Way to Herne View, particularly if the council ever get round to providing off road parking for those using the Rec. orchardman
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