£70k crossing ‘too expensive’
A40 scheme not been considered
A PEDESTRIAN crossing has not been considered on a stretch of the A40 because it could cost up to £70,000.
People have for years been calling for a safe crossing outside the Harvester, in Holtspur, on the A40.
But the scheme has been dismissed as no one could decide on a safe spot and the speed of the road.
Holtspur School parents and governors have said they would like to see a safe crossing as children cross over the A40 to get to the bus stop opposite the petrol station.
Transport for Bucks (TfB) said it could not consider or evaluate the scheme because cost too much.
Officers said any scheme for that stretch could cost up to £70,000 and it could not spend time on a scheme when there is no budget to cover its cost.
Councillor Sandy Saunders said: “I don’t see how we can ignore this.
“We have all agreed that the road is dangerous, we cannot wait for an fatal accident before we act.
“It seems to be that we have to have an accident before action is taken.”
TfB denied this was the case but said it could not plan and carry out the
It seems to be we have to have an accident before action is taken”
work for a crossing when there was no budget to do so.
Several speed reviews have been carried out to see if the limit could be reduced instead or as well as a crossing.
Leader of Beaconsfield Town Council Alan Walters said: “We cannot expect TfB to keep carrying out reviews, when every time they come back saying it should stay at 50mph there. The roundabouts naturally slow traffic there too.”
However, deputy mayor John Read said children and the elderly cross at that point of the road to get to a bus stop.
He added other options should be looked at, and further enquiries should be made into whether there were other ways to pay for a crossing.