re-blogged with grateful thanks to Get Surrey
Planning application submitted to fell trees and widen footpath to introduce pedestrian crossing and make the A30 in Egham safer for students and residents
Earlier in the year, representatives from Royal Holloway University of London entered talks with Surrey County Council with a view to securing a reduction in the speed limit.
They are keen to cut the speeds from 40mph to 30mph on the A30 from the Egham Hill roundabout to St Jude’s Road crossroads, at Englefield Green.
The college has also submitted a planning application, which reached its consultation deadline in September, to fell trees in Highfield Road so the footpath can be widened as part of a plan to introduce a pedestrian crossing.
The talks and application are reflected in the university’s masterplan, where parts of the estate would be more closely integrated.
Angus Gibson, a 20-year-old music student, said: “I’m all for a new crossing. As for the felling, I do like that this area is green, it’s one of the biggest pros of the campus but it’s a very dangerous crossing.”
Hannah Kennedy, a 20-year-old geography, politics and international relations student, said: “I never felt threatened but a crossing would be good because the road has been dangerous.”
Critics say that the junction’s poor layout and signal placement make it difficult for pedestrians to decide when to cross and this is reflected in its poor safety record. From January 2007 to August 2012, four pedestrians sustained slight injuries, one serious injuries and two were killed.
Physics student Leo Carlos-Sandberg, 19, said he often runs across Egham Hill if he is unsure whether cars are approaching.
In a meeting on February 25, the county council’s Runnymede committee agreed the introduction of staggered controlled crossing facilities on the St Jude’s Road and Egham Hill arms of the junction.
The scheme is estimated to cost £350,000.
Bill Shiels, who lives in Egham Hill, has regularly urged the council and MP Philip Hammond to reinstate the temporary 30mph limit implemented during last year’s Olympic Games.
He said the plans were good news but “a little late”, adding: “I’m already seeing new students trying to cross at the junction and they are confused as to when it is safe to cross.
“One girl walked in front of traffic turning right as she could not see the right turn green light and only saw red lights on the opposite side of the junction.”