Driving down speed in Watergore

A community-backed scheme to reduce vehicle speeds through a village in South Somerset has now been completed.

Somerset County Council has been carrying out improvements along Harp Road (the old A303) which runs through Watergore between the South Petherton and Lopen roundabouts.

The existing road is wide which encourages drivers to speed so improved signs and markings have been introduced to highlight the 40mph speed limit. Bus stops along the route have also been upgraded.

These measures were funded by Somerset County Council under the Small Improvement Schemes programme and supported by the parish council and WAASP – the Watergore Action Against Speeding Protest group.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We worked very closely with the local community when planning these improvements and I’m very pleased we have been able to take action to address their concerns about speeding.

“The Small Improvements Scheme programme is in place for exactly this reason – so we can use local knowledge to target our funding towards areas of need.”

The Watergore improvements were first put forward by former County Councillor Paul Maxwell through Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Schemes programme and the scheme is supported by current County Councillor Christopher Le Hardy.