In our letters column this week, one Midsomer Norton resident has argued that Northmead Road should not be widened, and that in its current state, it does a good job of calming traffic.

The traffic-controlled restriction in Northmead Road has been mentioned several times lately in the letters pages of The Journal. Some time ago someone suggested that for the sake of a little road widening it could be done away with. 

What has not been mentioned is the important part it plays in allowing the roundabout at the top of the hill to operate effectively. Also, before these traffic lights were installed, vehicles would travel at speed down the hill from the Thicketmead direction causing speeding problems for Northmead Road residents.

Some impatient drivers may find it inconvenient but from a road safety point of view it does a good job.

Vince Emery, Midsomer Norton