Road scheme to cut casualties
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.