Proposed pedestrian refuge for Village Way

Published Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A refuge island is being proposed in Village Way to improve pedestrian crossing facilities following a recent review of pedestrian movements, particularly focussing on pupils travelling to and from school.

Local residents will be consulted about the proposal, with the refuge being proposed near the junction of Whitmore Road, with yellow line restrictions being extended to ensure that parked vehicles do not obstruct passing traffic.  

“We will continue to keep the important matter of road safety in Village Way and other borough roads under close review as I have previously stated.  Statistically in terms of accidents, injuries and speeding, Village Way does not stand out as being a 'dangerous' road.  We have again considered a zebra crossing but again, the volume of pedestrian footfall was not high enough to make it a safe proposition.  Nevertheless, a pedestrian refuge would aid pedestrians looking to cross the road, including school pupils, parents and other pedestrians and could help reduce traffic speeds in the area where most children cross. We will be consulting local people about this” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment.  

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “If a school wanted to request a school crossing patrol, then they could, we would help them provide one.  We have been in contact with Harris Academy about their school travel plan and a lollipop proposal has not been raised as part of these discussions.”  


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