Pedestrian Crossing Update

Crossing Near Rushington Roundabout
Crossing Near Rushington Roundabout

I thought I would provide an update on where Hampshire Highways are with the pedestrian crossing on the A35, near Rushington roundabout, (pictured here).

As I have mentioned before, I really don’t like this crossing.

There have been numerous reports of motorists failing to stop when the lights change and several near misses as well as a few incidents involving vehicles colliding with pedestrians.

The fact that this is also a school route and also the primary means by which children access the nearby Eling Recreation ground and youth club means that it qualifies for close attention.

Accident statistics confirm that there were six injury related accidents in the vicinity of the west bound pedestrian crossing in the five year period up to the end of March 2018.

Three involved pedestrians, including a fatality and a serious collision.

There was also an incident with a cyclist crossing.

The trend prompted Hampshire County Council to add this location to the Casualty Reduction Programme for this financial year (currently one of over 100 locations in the County, spread over 5000 miles of highway).

I am told that it is most likely some form of high level signing and traffic signal poles will be the way forward.

I would also like to see the speed limit reduced on approach to the crossing and have asked for this to be considered.

It is hoped to that action will be taken before the end of this financial year (April 2020).

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