Saturday, 21 July 2018

Caversham campaigns for pedestrian crossings

RESIDENTS have launched a campaign to install a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Caversham.

RESIDENTS have launched a campaign to install a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Caversham.

More than 450 people have signed a petition calling for the crossing in Rotherfield Way, which is regularly used by pupils at Highdown School in Emmer Green and the Hill Primary School in Caversham.

The petition will be presented to Reading Borough Council?s traffic sub-committee later this month.

The campaign follows an accident in November in which a year seven pupil at Highdown was struck by a car and a number of near-misses.

It was started by Anne Beauchamp, 38, who lives in Rotherfield Way and has to cross when taking her four-year-old son Sam to the Hill primary. She said: ?Children from two primary schools and a secondary school use that road twice a day and the traffic goes too fast. As a pedestrian you feel like the cars are whizzing past you.

?If there was a safe crossing place we wouldn?t have to worry about the road quite so much.

?If something isn?t done there will be a much more serious accident.?

Annette Fairweather, who chairs Emmer Green Residents? Association, is supporting the campaign.

She said it was not just pupils who were at risk but also parents of young children and elderly people who crossed the road.

?It has been a problem for a while,? she said. ?The residents in that road are very much aware of it. I want a long-term solution.? Meanwhile, a prospective councillor is campaigning for a crossing in Gosbrook Road, Caversham.

Ed Hogan says more pedestrians and cyclists have started using the road since the new Thames footbridge opened.

Mr Hogan, who will be representing the Conservatives at the Reading Borough Council elections in May, said: ?It?s great how well used it is but local people tell me how difficult they find crossing the road and I think it?s vital that the council looks to improve safety here.?

He has started a petition and has more than 200 signatures calling for a zebra crossing and a road safety review.

Mr Hogan, who lives in Caversham, said: ?Nearly everyone I?ve met thinks this is a great idea.?

He will present the petition to the same sub-committee.

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