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Traffic Management (Somerset)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:22 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater 7:22 pm, 11th March 2009

You will be glad to hear, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that my petition deals with another subject. The A39 in my constituency is a major arterial route across west Somerset. It has been a dangerous road for many years and most people in west Somerset see that as due to a lack of funding, mainly by the county council but also by the Government.

The Petition of concerned motorists, and others,

Declares that the traffic lights at the junction of the A39 and off to the Dunster Steep change far too quickly; and further declares that there should be a camera operating at this junction, to help manage the lights.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to take action to improve the management of the traffic lights at this junction.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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I concur with the view that the A39 is a sub-standard road that has changed little since the 1930's. It is a disgrace to a modern society that traffic cannot pass at many points due to the narrowness and twistyness of the lane called the A39. We are still awaiting the by-passes proposed and drawn up in the 1930's - 75 years on we are still waiting. I have always felt that one of the better arrangements was that complained of by the petitioners in that the traffic lights do not unduly hamper traffic and respond well to traffic movements. This is one of the better sections of the A39 ! ...

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