Bridge a danger to visitors, say owners of Avon Valley Wildlife & Adventure Park, Keynsham

Published on: 05 Feb 2016

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February 2016

A petition calling for major improvements to a road used by thousands of visitors on their way to a family attraction in Keynsham has attracted hundreds of signatures.

Calls to widen Pixash Lane as it crosses the railway line on the approach to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park have been gathering support since the venue’s owners set up an online campaign.

They say there has been a number of accidents on the narrow, steep bridge over the railway line, which is also used by lorries accessing nearby industrial premises, and they want to make it safer for pedestrians and drivers.

Doug Douglas, owner of the park, said: “My family and I have always been concerned about the dangers this bridge brings.

“I see cars crossing the single-lane bridge at speed and wonder what incident will occur next.”

He said more and more of the park’s 120,000 yearly visitors were arriving on foot and he was now pushing for the bridge to be widened to accommodate two vehicles at a time.

Mr Douglas added: “With Snapdragons Nursery based around the corner and making frequent visits to the park, plus those using public transport such as one regular visitor who has a guide dog, I also am concerned with the height and steepness of the bridge, creating a blind spot, as it deteriorates.

“I urge anyone with a concern to sign our petition to help make this bridge safer.”

The online petition has attracted almost 450 signatures and can be found at www.change.org/p/jacob-rees-mogg-changes-to-a-dangerous-bridge.

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