Check Before Stepping Out
I really dislike the pedestrian crossing on the A35, near Rushington roundabout.
It’s on one of the busiest roads in Hampshire, frequently used by school children because of the nearby Eling recreation ground, youth club and because it is a school route.
Over the years, there have been several road traffic incidents on or near the crossing, including instances of vehicles hitting pedestrians. One young lady was very seriously injured a few months ago and nearly lost her life. I have been in contact with her Mum about what might be done to improve safety.
There does seem to be a particular problem with drivers going through red lights. Most of them will be aware of the presence of the crossing, there are signs in advance of it and also the traffic lights themselves. Despite this, I still hear of drivers going through red lights on a regular basis.
I have passed on my concerns to the road safety team at Hampshire County Council and discussed matters with the local resident’s association who share the worries about it.
I am not sure what the best solutions are… I tend to leave that to the highway experts, but I do think it would be a good idea to advise anyone using the crossing to stop and check that traffic is coming to a halt, before stepping out into the road. In other words, don’t rely solely on the “green man”.