We need a crossing at Devizes danger spot

Coun Judy Rose in Bath Road, where she has campaigned for a crossing

Coun Judy Rose in Bath Road, where she has campaigned for a crossing

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Worried families have lobbied for a crossing near their homes in Bath Road, Devizes, because they fear someone could be seriously injured or killed trying to cross the road.

Devizes town councillor Judy Rose, who lives nearby in Avon Road, told a meeting on Tuesday that she is constantly being approached by neighbours to ask when the council is going to do something.

She told town councillors: “Thirteen years ago my daughter was knocked down in that road and at that time I got together a petition with 500 signatures.

"But, because there were four objections to the proposal for a crossing, nothing happened.

"It is now much more dangerous to get to and from the Spar shop and we need a pedestrian controlled crossing. The ideal place would be where the bus stop is now located.”

Annie Rose, then 17, suffered minor injuries when she was struck a glancing blow by a car as she tried to cross the road.

Mrs Rose told the Gazette: “The car was going no faster than 15mph and it is very alarming that it could happen at such slow speeds.”

Coun Sue Evans, who is the Wiltshire councillor for the area, said she has also been approached by families there.

She said: “They do think it is an accident waiting to happen. There is particular concern since St Peter’s School closed because now parents have to drive their children to The Trinity School and so add to the traffic problems.

“But it is in hand. The Community Area Transport Group will discuss the situation next Monday.”

The location of the proposed crossing is a problem, though. Coun Evans said: “I have been asked that there are no bleeps or flashing lights to disturb the sleep of residents in Bath Road.”

Derek Tinnion, owner of the Spar shop, is also concerned about where the crossing might be sited.

He said: “I rely for 70 per cent of my business on passing trade and if there is a crossing too close, they won’t be able to park to come into the shop.

“It is a very busy road but people can use the underpass at Prison Bridge to get across.”

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10:12pm Sat 8 Mar 14

AMGUTTED says...

Hear hear. A crossing is well over due. Nowadays the only time traffic is "slow" along this stretch of road is when its in a queue!!! I appreciate what Derek, the owner of the spar says, but in reality no-one is going to walk up to prison bridge to double back on themselves. Children and youths playing in the Avon rd park will use the shortest route, which is along Salisbury St to pop out @ Bath Rd virtually opposite the shop. Elderly from the tail end of Avon and bath road likewise. A zebra is silent.... The one sited further along by High Lawns is almost never used and the orange globes don't seem to cause issues with those homes next to it....which are considerably closer to roadside than the Bath road properties....come on council....do something that the locals want!
Hear hear. A crossing is well over due. Nowadays the only time traffic is "slow" along this stretch of road is when its in a queue!!! I appreciate what Derek, the owner of the spar says, but in reality no-one is going to walk up to prison bridge to double back on themselves. Children and youths playing in the Avon rd park will use the shortest route, which is along Salisbury St to pop out @ Bath Rd virtually opposite the shop. Elderly from the tail end of Avon and bath road likewise. A zebra is silent.... The one sited further along by High Lawns is almost never used and the orange globes don't seem to cause issues with those homes next to it....which are considerably closer to roadside than the Bath road properties....come on council....do something that the locals want! AMGUTTED
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9:48pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Cucumber says...

Isnt there a traffic island that they can use? I used to live down that way and go to St. Peters School and I cannot remember anyone getting injured, apart from the girl above, in the last 40 odd years.
One incident in all that time does not warrant a crossing otherwise the town would be covered in them.
Perhaps if residents walked up to the prison bridge underpass then we would not have such high obesity!!
Isnt there a traffic island that they can use? I used to live down that way and go to St. Peters School and I cannot remember anyone getting injured, apart from the girl above, in the last 40 odd years. One incident in all that time does not warrant a crossing otherwise the town would be covered in them. Perhaps if residents walked up to the prison bridge underpass then we would not have such high obesity!! Cucumber
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