I use my car every day to drive to work, and invariably
travel via the increasingly busy Wilton and Overross roundabouts.
Because of sheer traffic volume, they are becoming more
dangerous by the day, and its quite a nerve-wracking experience
to negotiate them even in the relative safety of a car.
Every so often I see brave pedestrians and the occasional
cyclist take their life in their hands and try to cross,
I wonder how long it will be before there is a serious accident
or fatality. Why should it appear that only until something
terrible happens will something be done about this? Over
the years I have seen cars collide, a couple of motorbikes
on their sides after either collisions or diesel-spillage
skids and the aftermath of the lorry that crashed into Bennetts
used to ride my mountain bike across as part of a training
ride, but after seeing a well-known local cyclist have a
very near-miss, I changed my route for something less dangerous.
footbridge accessible to cyclists and pedestrians must surely
be the answer. There is a busy school and many people living
in the Bannutree Lane, Bridstow and surrounding area, who
simply find crossing this major road too frightening a thought.
They can't walk children to and from school, walk into town,
go to any of the pubs or anything else without negotiating
a dual carriageway roundabout entrance and exit.
have been to public meetings regarding the Wilton roundabout,
and was rather shocked that the only considerations seemed
to be based around making vehicle access better and more
alarmingly, making the roundabout even busier. Surely it
is time to think of everybody, and not just the interests
of business and motorists?
gather that there are also people who are forced by necessity
to cross the Overross roundabout, and be put under similar
risk to life and limb. I think that Herefordshire Council
should put some urgent effort into making these busy junctions
safer, if only by taking pedestrians and cyclists out of
the equation for being part of the next major incident.
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