REDUCTION IN SPEED LIMIT - ANDOVER ROAD, NEWBURY RG14
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The more I have been involved in the "Stop the Warren Road Access", the more it has become apparent to me that there is a problem with the Andover Road from a pedestrian and vehicle road safety perspective. I have made inquiries in to the possibility of reducing the speed limits in the local area. Now, with the support of the Headteachers and Governors of both Falkland and Park House Schools, the area we are looking at is around Falkland Primary and Park House schools, 30 mph to 20 mph extending to the junction of Monks Lane, to also include a stretch of Warren Road leading from the Andover Road to the side gate of Park House School. In addition, extending the current 30 mph limit to the end of the residential area on the Andover Road (which is currently 40 mph).
On this stretch of the Andover Road, there have been several near misses involving children who attend the local schools, 1 fatality in 2000 near to the junction of Kendrick Road, 4 reported incidents since 2012 in the area of the schools and 2 vehicles have left the road within a 10 month period in the area of Gorselands and Conifer Crest (one crossing the pavement and another falling into the ditch). There may be more that I have missed but unless the Emergency Services attend it is not recorded and the statistics are difficult to obtain. I have personally seen another vehicle crash at the junction of Conifer Crest which as far as I know was dealt with privately but was fairly significant. The geography of the many cul-de-sacs situated off the Andover Road and the traffic flow, means it is difficult to enter the Andover Road by car, and so a reduction in speed of the oncoming traffic would go a long way to assisting with this and making it safer. The relationship between the speed that a vehicle is travelling at the time it hits a pedestrian is also known to greatly effect the severity of the injuries. The situation on the Andover Road was viewed as "already quite unacceptable" during a visit by the Highway Officers in Apr 15 (The Highways and Transport Response to the Sandleford Planning Application) and with the proposed addition of the Warren Road Access I feel we are justified in our requests.
I also feel that there is a need for a zebra crossing in close proximity to the bus stop and dog bin/footpath situated on the Andover Road between Conifer Crest and Ladwell Close. There are many dog walkers, children and elderly residents within the vicinity for whom the pedestrian crossing approx quarter of a mile distant is insufficient and this makes crossing the road difficult and therefore discourages them from using sustainable methods of transport promoted by the Government when using the facilities in the local area.
Obviously, I do not know the strength of feeling within our local community for these changes and so I thought the best way of gauging what people would like was via this method, although it is not going to be used as a petition. If the initiative gets support, Councillor Adrian Edwards will then use it, referring it to the Head of Highways and others. Your comments alongside your name would be appreciated as again it would be used to see if you support any of the proposals. If you just enter your name it will be assumed that you are in agreement with all the suggestions.
Many thanks and please spread the word,
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