Residents get crossing after 20-year campaign

This Is Wiltshire: From left Gary Fisher, Brian Field, Jo Mortimer, Sandy Robertson, Daphne Dingle and Dave Wood at the new crossing island near the top of Kingshill Road From left Gary Fisher, Brian Field, Jo Mortimer, Sandy Robertson, Daphne Dingle and Dave Wood at the new crossing island near the top of Kingshill Road

A CROSSING island has been installed this week following a 20-year campaign by residents and councillors.

Campaigners, who completed their own survey to show a need, said the pedestrian refuge in Kingshill would help people get safely across the busy road and also help slow down traffic.

Swindon Council installed the £7,000 island after a temporary crossing proved a success earlier this year.

Coun Dave Wood (Lib Dem, Eastcott), who lobbied the highways department on the issue, said some people did not feel safe enough to cross before – and this move is a step forward to gaining a better installation.

He said: “It’s great it’s finally in. The residents have been campaigning for a full crossing on Kingshill for 20 years, and this island is the first step and first success in the campaign towards a full crossing.

“This will make a difference to quite a lot of people in the community: kids that are walking to school, older people, families, lots of people who are trying to cross this road.”

He said the council assessed the eligibility of the island in the late 1980s and in 1998, but it did not score highly.

However, officers’ minds were changed when group of residents and councillors conducted a survey last July, which showed the number of people crossing at peak times had rocketed.

A temporary island was installed earlier this year on Kingshill Road just below the junction with Clifton Street, mainly to test that larger vehicles could pass safely.

The permanent crossing is slightly further downhill, about 200 yards below the Clifton Street junction.

Coun Wood said he hoped the crossing would boost crossing numbers, strengthening the case for a full puffin or pelican crossing.

He said: “It’s a very complicated formula but the rule of thumb is we saw 75 people crossing in the hour during peak times, but we need more like 100 people per hour.”

However, he said that a full crossing would push carbon-dioxide levels above the recommended levels in the area, meaning the council would have to find a way to counteract this, such as by planting trees along the verges.

Joan Mortimer, of Clifton Street, a member of the Kingshill Area Residents’ Association, who helped with the community survey, said: “I think there will be far more people crossing now because they know they can go half way if they can’t otherwise get across safely in one go.

“And I think just the existence of that crossing will make drivers think the road is a bit narrower and they will automatically slow down.”

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11:28pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Davey Gravey says...

Every time I drive down kingshill I can't help but wonder why anyone would live in the houses which are right next to the road with no path outside their door.
Every time I drive down kingshill I can't help but wonder why anyone would live in the houses which are right next to the road with no path outside their door. Davey Gravey

8:58am Sat 1 Sep 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Whilst having the crossing is a good thing, I can't help wondering how much it will actually be used.

I see people ignoring the designated cross points on roads and crossing where ever they like even when cars are coming towards them.
Whilst having the crossing is a good thing, I can't help wondering how much it will actually be used. I see people ignoring the designated cross points on roads and crossing where ever they like even when cars are coming towards them. LordAshOfTheBrake

9:32am Sat 1 Sep 12

Morsey says...

I don't think I would want to see a mother and a child trying to use this to cross Kingshill, it does seem to be very narrow for a refuge? I hope it doesn't lead to another story when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle as they await a space to cross from the halfway point? I also hope that it is not really in place as political capital to enhance politicians as it appears to be a sensible idea to assist pedestrians but of dubious safety compared to perhaps a footbridge!?
I don't think I would want to see a mother and a child trying to use this to cross Kingshill, it does seem to be very narrow for a refuge? I hope it doesn't lead to another story when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle as they await a space to cross from the halfway point? I also hope that it is not really in place as political capital to enhance politicians as it appears to be a sensible idea to assist pedestrians but of dubious safety compared to perhaps a footbridge!? Morsey

11:48am Sat 1 Sep 12

greenpacer says...

Reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 25 mph and apply a weight limit. Larger vehicles should be re-routed down Croft Road and via the Wychelstowe route to meet up with Wootton Bassett Road.
Reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 25 mph and apply a weight limit. Larger vehicles should be re-routed down Croft Road and via the Wychelstowe route to meet up with Wootton Bassett Road. greenpacer

11:53am Sat 1 Sep 12

Emroc says...

This is great news. I moved from Kingshill almost 7 years ago but my mum still lives here and I'm sure she will be delighted as will many residents. I believe the traffic has calmed down a lot since the hospital move but this will still make crossing much safer, especially for the elderly who may not feel confident about crossing. They should plant some trees regardless of the pollution levels as it would be nice. Good to see Mr Fields in the pic!
This is great news. I moved from Kingshill almost 7 years ago but my mum still lives here and I'm sure she will be delighted as will many residents. I believe the traffic has calmed down a lot since the hospital move but this will still make crossing much safer, especially for the elderly who may not feel confident about crossing. They should plant some trees regardless of the pollution levels as it would be nice. Good to see Mr Fields in the pic! Emroc

1:20pm Sat 1 Sep 12

PJC says...

Morsey wrote:
I don't think I would want to see a mother and a child trying to use this to cross Kingshill, it does seem to be very narrow for a refuge? I hope it doesn't lead to another story when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle as they await a space to cross from the halfway point? I also hope that it is not really in place as political capital to enhance politicians as it appears to be a sensible idea to assist pedestrians but of dubious safety compared to perhaps a footbridge!?
It's called perspective. It looks narrower in the photo. It's plenty wide enough for a normal pushchair, an adult and a toddler to fit in. Also the fact that it is visible 'should' cause motorists to take extra care, but as this is Swindon drivers we are considering, I'm not taking that as a given! Glad it's there though.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: I don't think I would want to see a mother and a child trying to use this to cross Kingshill, it does seem to be very narrow for a refuge? I hope it doesn't lead to another story when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle as they await a space to cross from the halfway point? I also hope that it is not really in place as political capital to enhance politicians as it appears to be a sensible idea to assist pedestrians but of dubious safety compared to perhaps a footbridge!?[/p][/quote]It's called perspective. It looks narrower in the photo. It's plenty wide enough for a normal pushchair, an adult and a toddler to fit in. Also the fact that it is visible 'should' cause motorists to take extra care, but as this is Swindon drivers we are considering, I'm not taking that as a given! Glad it's there though. PJC

2:01pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Morsey says...

Not wishing to put a damper on it, a refuge is certainly going to be a help, but I have been past it a few times, and I still think it is not much more than a token, with regards to a massive safe crossing place? Time will tell, peak times with school children maybe ... but you are correct about the poor quality of Swindon drivers, I had a completely arrogant driver in a dark blue Jaguar overtake me going UP the hill at a mile or two over the 30mph, as it was, and where did this happen ... exactly where the refuge is now, so it might slow down a few idiots, I hope so! Mind you he had spent a couple of miles behind me as I adhered to the limit in town, as I always try to do ... some drivers don't believe in speed limits but how fast would they like people to go past their front doors?
Not wishing to put a damper on it, a refuge is certainly going to be a help, but I have been past it a few times, and I still think it is not much more than a token, with regards to a massive safe crossing place? Time will tell, peak times with school children maybe ... but you are correct about the poor quality of Swindon drivers, I had a completely arrogant driver in a dark blue Jaguar overtake me going UP the hill at a mile or two over the 30mph, as it was, and where did this happen ... exactly where the refuge is now, so it might slow down a few idiots, I hope so! Mind you he had spent a couple of miles behind me as I adhered to the limit in town, as I always try to do ... some drivers don't believe in speed limits but how fast would they like people to go past their front doors? Morsey

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