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The Campaign for a safe footpath and

cycleway between Cross and Axbridge

 

Support safe walking and cycling

between Cross and Axbridge.

 

 

 

Next meeting in Cross

Tuesday 28th May 2019

at

7.00pm in The New Inn, Cross

 

Annual Report (Please see below)

Annual Report 2018

 

Why we need a safe footpath

 

Latest News

 

Although the crossing on the A38 and the footway extension has been approved there has to be an up to date bat survey before it can commence. This follows the decision by Somerset County Council that to comply with current regulations there will have to be street lighting on the crossing area and up Cross Lane along the footpath.

Work will therefore start either late 2019 or early 2020. We are seeking assurances that the lighting will cause as little light pollution as possible. Together with Compton Bishop Parish Council, Axbridge Town Council, our respective County Councillors and all interested parties we are now discussing improvements to the footpath across the fields to make it more accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies, and safe for all to enjoy the walk between our communities

 

The Problem

This section of the A371 between Axbridge and Cross (known as Cross Lane) is part of a major transport route connecting the A38 to Cheddar and Wells, especially for very large HGV vehicles including those carrying limestone products from the quarries in Cheddar and Shipham. There is only a partial footpath and no cycleway. We are campaigning to create these and make a safe route connecting our communities.

 

The Dangers

Although there are public footpaths in Cross and Axbridge, the path connecting the two communities is incomplete: it runs from the top of High St in Axbridge, along the inside of the hedge beside the A371, only to emerge about two-thirds of the way down, leaving pedestrians no option but to walk alongside heavy traffic on a narrow refuge cluttered by road signs and often obscured by long grass and the overgrown hedge. The unfortunate pedestrian then has to negotiate the busy A38, at a dangerous crossroads, in order to continue on into the village of Cross.

 

James Heappey MP

 

Who We Are

We are a group of local people campaigning for a safe footpath and cycleway between Axbridge and Cross.

Although there are public footpaths in Cross and Axbridge, the path connecting the two communities is incomplete: it runs from the top of High St in Axbridge, along the inside of the hedge beside the A371, only to emerge about two-thirds of the way down, leaving pedestrians no option but to walk alongside heavy traffic on a narrow refuge cluttered by road signs and often obscured by long grass and the overgrown hedge. The unfortunate pedestrian then has to negotiate the busy A38, at a dangerous crossroads, in order to continue on into the village of Cross.

The old footpath was known locally as the coffin path because the deceased inmates of the workhouse in Axbridge used to be carried along it when being returned to their parish - Compton Bishop, Rooksbridge, Tarnock etc -  for burial.

 

 

Please like us on facebook and friend us too! www.facebook.com/coffinlanecampaign

Email us at coffinlane@gmail.com and let us know what you think. We are always keen to hear any ideas, suggestions or comments you may have.

Or follow us on Twitter: @TessGill154

Strawberry Line Extension. Sign the petition here:

http://www.thestrawberryline.org.uk/index.php?section=campaign&sub=petition 

Links

www.thestrawberryline.org.uk  www.themendipsociety.org.uk  www.sustrans.org.uk www.mendipramblers.co.uk

 

 

 

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