Efforts to improve safety under Chippenham bridge
A tunnel below Chippenham’s railway track is to be given a better pavement and improved road signage after pedestrians complained of feeling unsafe.
A budget of £8,500 has been committed to the improvements at Lowden Hill, which should begin in the new year.
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “Having taken on board the views of local people, we want to make this area safer for pedestrians by installing a new dedicated walkway underneath Lowden Hill tunnel.
“This will be carried out at the same time as a change of vehicle priority nearer the top of Lowden Hill, in an attempt to reduce driver speed and give greater precedence to local residents coming out of side roads and private accesses.”
The cost is to be shared equally between the Chippenham Area Transport Group and Chippenham Town Council.
Wiltshire councillor for Monkton Chris Caswill, who has liaised between the residents and Wiltshire Council to ask for improvements, said: “Residents living on the two side roads [off Lowden Hill] are very concerned about traffic coming too fast through the tunnel while they’re pulling out, and people walking through with their shopping from the town centre have to negotiate the traffic at the moment, which is really quite dangerous.
“There is a commitment now for work to go ahead, with a proper pavement with a raised kerb, which will mean people have faith to walk under the tunnel.
“They are going to put up a give way sign and put the two-way traffic sign out on an arm to make it more visible, rather than being obscured by a hedge.”
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