Cross Lane Footpath
For many years the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, with regard to Cross Lane and their safe access to facilities in Axbridge, has been an issue.
There have been a number of reviews but no positive action by either the Parish Council or County Council. Until November 2001, improvements to pedestrian facilities at Cross Lane were included in the Local Transport Plan. No improvements were made and financial constraints were given as the reason for removing this project off the LTP.
Planning policies have designated Axbridge as a 'Key Rural Settlement' providing facilities such as shops and post office, which no longer exist in other rural settlements. Access to this Key Rural Settlement should be available by sustainable transport as well as vehicular access.
Vehicular access is provided by the A371, Cross Lane. Safe pedestrian and cycle access is not available although a public footpath (AX15/14) in an adjacent field is available for 2/3 of the distance.
A working group has been set up with the aim of getting safe walking and cycling route between Cross and Axbridge.
If you are willing to lend your support in any way please contact Tess Gill
A Small Improvement Submision (SIS) has been completed and sent to Somerset Highways. This is a step towards providing a safe crossing of the A38 and is a requirement for improvements to pedestrian facilities on Cross Lane. You can view the submission by clicking here or view the 'Coffin Lane' web site.