Make Crossing the A52 near West Bridgford Safe

Make Crossing the A52 near West Bridgford Safe

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Paul Fenton started this petition to Highways England (A52NottinghamJunctions) (Highways England) and

We are a group of walkers, cyclists and horse riders who are very concerned about how dangerous it is to cross the busy A52 dual carriageway south of West Bridgford between the Nottingham Knight and Gamston roundabouts.

So many people have discovered the mental and physical benefits of walking and cycling around the outskirts of West Bridgford and surrounding areas during the past year. The government’s Active Travel programme encourages us to get out and walk or cycle to work, to school and for leisure and it is very important that safe crossings are provided so we can do this.

People like to use the local bridleways and footpaths rather than walking on main roads, but have to cross the A52 to reach the countryside. This means taking their lives into their hands walking along a verge with their backs to the traffic and then having to dash across the road to avoid the fast-moving vehicles. This is dangerous and is an accident waiting to happen.

Our immediate target for improvement is the section between the Nottingham Knight and Wheatcroft roundabouts. We are asking for some simple, low-cost solutions, to improve safety. There is already an existing underpass, south of Sharp Hill and half-way between the islands, that needs properly connecting to the existing bridleways and its condition improving to make it safe and pleasant for all users. We are also gathering evidence about the crossings on other sections of this road.

Highways England state that the crossings of the A52 we are referring to are not in the scope of the main A52 Nottingham Junctions project. Instead they will apply for funding to undertake a feasibility study looking at options. The study is subject to receiving this funding and will not happen this year. We want to stress the need for urgent action and that the project is given absolute priority.

Please support our petition to Highways England and the local Councils asking them to make these rights of way safe as part of the major developments planned for this area. Lives are at risk. The A52 is a major barrier between us and the countryside.

The following organisations are involved: Rushcliffe Ramblers, Notts Area Ramblers, Notts Footpath Preservation Society, Notts CTC (Cycling UK), Pedals, British Horse Society, Nottinghamshire Local Access Forum, Ridewise, Holme Pierrepont Running Club, Nottinghamshire Disabled Peoples Movement (NDPM), Central West Bridgford Community Association.

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