A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 28 September 2018
From The British Horse Society

Representation

The British Horse Society is keen to see that all routes that are being provided so NMUs provide for horse riders as well as walkers and cyclists. If this is not to be the case we would want to understand the reasoning for this, and why it is considered necessary to remove walkers and cyclists away from vehicular traffic but it is considered safe to leave horse riders, the most vulnerable class of NMUs, in the carriageway, and what risk assessment has been carried out to justify such a proposal.
The following representations are made on the understanding that they fall within the DCO scheme:
Eastern end of Slate Lane
The exit here from Slate Lane needs some furniture to warn users of the exit, one option would be to provide staggered post and rail fencing with signs on the road verge warning of horse riders and cyclists coming in from the side, or a large silhouette of a ridden horse and cyclist painted on the tarmac.
Going eastwards from the eastern end of Slate Lane
The provision of a bridleway here would be beneficial. There are horses at Camel Hill and it would give them instant access to Slate Lane and the safe off road riding routes being dedicated as part of the road improvement scheme.
The provision of a bridleway would also be beneficial from the road at the eastern end of Slate Lane, along the construction access route joining onto the local road at Camel Hill.
The Sparkford roundabout:
Improvements are required to the crossing of the road to Queen Camel (A359) with cutting back of the vegetation to improve sight lines, and the cutting of a channel in the central reservation/pavement to help cyclists and buggies and remove what might be a trip step for horses.
Also the provision of a Pegasus crossing if justified by the expected traffic flow.
The NMU route in the verge needs to be two-way and 4 meters wide.
Plowage Lane, southern side of carriageway
It is understood that the northern end of Plowage Lane will be stopped up preventing access onto the new carriageways. There is a restricted byway (Y27/27) which joins Plowage Lane just to the south of this junction. Horse riders and cyclists will need to cross the old A303 carriageway to turn eastward to the new Steart Hill bridge. A Pegasus crossing would be required here if the predicted traffic rate supports this.