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County road safety officers visit ‘confusing’ busy road junctions

jpco-26-2-14  Cllr Michael Jones will be joining members of staff of the West Sussex County Council road safety team to inspect the crossings between Southgate and Tilgate on Southgate Avenue, (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-26-2-14 Cllr Michael Jones will be joining members of staff of the West Sussex County Council road safety team to inspect the crossings between Southgate and Tilgate on Southgate Avenue, (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Road safety officers have visited two Crawley junctions where there have been several collisions .

In Southgate Avenue the junctions with Tilgate Way and Ashdown Drive have concerned residents and councillors for some time.

They say the overall effect of having a bus lane, pedestrian crossings and, in the case of Tilgate Way, no filter lane for traffic turning right off the avenue, leads to confusion.

Yesterday (Tuesday February 25) members of the West Sussex County Council road safety team came to hear councillors’ and residents’ views.

West Sussex County Council member Michael Jones (Lab, Southate and Crawley Central) said: “The junctions from Tilgate onto Southgate Avenue have been described as confusing by some motorists who have said that they can understand how accidents could happen when turning on these junctions.

“I am working with the council to get another crossing put in opposite St Francis of Assisi school on the corner of Southgate Drive but this will take some time to put in.

“In the meantime, I feel strongly we must do something at the junctions of Ashdown Drive and Tilgate Way to make things clearer for both motorists and pedestrians. Even one accident is one accident too many.

“In the past there have been requests by councillors to do something. We have been told there’s no evidence. The evidence is here.”

Chairman of the Southgate Community Forum Mike Pickett added: “At least the county council are here to have a look at it today.

“There has to be certainty about signals and people aren’t certain about whether they should go or not. They hesitate.”

Council officer Barry Edmunds, who specialises in signalling, said the crossings were a standard set-up which was used across West Sussex and nationally.

He added: “They are working the way they should be.”

A county council spokesman said: “We’ve listened to the concerns of residents and local members and will be considering what we can do in the future.”

 

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