Road scheme to cut ca­su­al­ties

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NeW road fea­tures will be built in Guild­ford’s town cen­tre to im­prove pedes­trian safety at a “ca­su­alty hotspot”.

raised road ta­bles are to be placed at the traf­fic sig­nal cross­ing points across on­slow Street at the junc­tion with Bridge Street, near to the en­trance of The fri­ary Cen­tre.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new road fea­tures comes af­ter fa­tal col­li­sions in the town cen­tre. Kat Gar­rett, 30, was pro­nounced dead at the scene when a grey land rover De­fender mounted the kerb in Bridge Street at around 1.30pm on Satur­day fe­bru­ary 20, 2016. The ve­hi­cle then col­lided with a num­ber of pedes­tri­ans on the town cen­tre gy­ra­tory road. Del Kendall, 45, died 11 days later in hospi­tal due to his in­juries.

How­ever, anal­y­sis con­ducted by Sur­rey County Coun­cil of the col­li­sion showed it “was not found to form part of a pat­tern of sim­i­lar col­li­sions at this lo­ca­tion”.

The agenda for the lo­cal com­mit­tee meet­ing which ap­proved the plans said: “it would not be an ef­fec­tive use of re­sources to try to amend the high­way at this lo­ca­tion to re­duce the risk of fu­ture sim­i­lar col­li­sions, be­cause it is highly un­likely that an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the same cir­cum­stances would take place again at the same lo­ca­tion.

“in­stead anal­y­sis of all the in­jury col­li­sions tak­ing place on Bridge Street recorded by the po­lice high­lighted a pat­tern of pedes­trian ca­su­al­ties fo­cused at the eastern end of Bridge Street at the junc­tion with on­slow Street.

“There were a to­tal of 31 road ca­su­al­ties in just over five years on Bridge Street (to the end of fe­bru­ary 2016), 21 of which were pedes­tri­ans, and 15 of th­ese took place at the Bridge Street junc­tion with on­slow Street. Th­ese in­volved pedes­tri­ans be­ing struck while in the road rather than on the foot­way.”

At a Guild­ford lo­cal Com­mit­tee meet­ing at Millmead House on Tues­day mem­bers ap­proved plans to pro­vide raised road ta­bles.

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