reblogged with thanks from Get Surrey author Russell Butt 28.2.13
STUDENTS have welcomed the news that Surrey County Council will invest £350,000 in a pedestrian crossing at a junction where one of their peers was killed a year ago.
The crossroads where the A30 meets St Jude’s Road has long been a problem for students and other villagers from Englefield Green trying to cross the busy London Road.
It is thought that around 1,500 people a day cross there and 19 people have been injured in incidents during the past five years, seven of them pedestrians.
The issue was brought to a head when geology student Kayleigh Sugar was killed crossing the road near the junction in March 2012.
A petition was launched which gained 1,174 signatures.
Surrey County Council’s local committee for Runnymede has now approved designs for two staggered crossings with pedestrian islands at the junction, to the relief of 20-year-old petition founder Rustam Majainah.
The third year physics student said of the news: “It is great. It shows that finally the county council is listening to what students and residents have been asking for for a while now and it will improve the safety of the residents of Englefield Green.”
Sofia Bagge, 23, a politics and international relations student at Royal Holloway, was among those to sign the petition.
She said: “It’s really great that the council is finally going through with this, especially since there have been so many accidents.
“It’s reassuring to know that there is now a safe route we can take without putting our lives at risk.”
Councillors greeted the new design warmly but were wary of the cost.
Highways officer Andrew Milne told them the original plan, for an ‘all red phase’ where all traffic would be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross had been put forward as there was not enough space for staggered junctions.
However, Royal Holloway has since offered some of its land, on the corner of the A30 and Bakeham Lane, to be dedicated to the scheme, allowing for the new design.
Core funding would come from £95,000 carried forward from the committee’s budget, £108,000 of developer funding, £25,000 of safety engineering funding and £40,000 from next year’s committee budget.
The remainder would be sourced from £30,000 further developer funding, £30,000 of capital maintenance money and from members’ allocations.
Councillors discussed ways of reducing the costs but were warned by Mr Milne that any change would cause delay and mean developer funding could be lost.
Cllr Alan Alderson said: “We need to be getting on with this as soon as we can, don’t we? What we have been presented with appears to be a proper fix.”
Cllr John Furey agreed, adding: “I think it is an excellent answer.”
Members voted unanimously to progress the scheme as soon as possible, subject to funding being sourced