£70k cross­ing ‘too ex­pen­sive’

A40 scheme not been con­sid­ered

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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 would

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.

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