I’ve submitted my request to present the e-petition - Create a safe crossing point on Red Road in Lightwater – to the Surrey County Council Local Committee for Surrey Heath.
The Local Committee meets next at 6.0pm on Thursday, 17th Feb at Collingwood School. The opportunity to ask questions is from 6.0pm to 6.30pm. Not a long time, so must be brief and punchy in my argument, as I’m sure others have questions too.
Subsequent to the pedestrian accident in October last year [and the start of the e-petition], in December a vehicle left the road demolishing one of the few remaining warning signs. At which point I stopped to think a bit more about what is needed to improve road safety, and concluded that:
- Traffic lights at the junctions of Lightwater Road and Macdonald Road with Red Road, and which included a pedestrian sequence, would be a good improvement to road safety and vehicle speed.
- If the demolished warning signs were considered important for road safety when first erected, then that argument doesn’t go away, just because they have. I found the evidence of the demolished signs, and found proof of where the were too.
So, in addition to presenting the e-petition, I’ve also informed the Local Committee that I’ll be presenting a short paper on improving road safety in the bends on Red Road, and will be asking the following questions:
- “What steps are being taken to replace demolished road signs on the bends of Red Road?”
- “What road safety maintenance is planned for this stretch of road, and will it include the removal of the grass covering the road edge rumble strip, repainting of the white lines, and installation of cat’s eye’s in place of the reflectors?”
Finally, I’ve had a positive reply from Surrey Wildlife Trust about removal of the vegetation around the kissing gates and stile on Red Road to improve sight lines, indicating that plans are in place to do this work. Good news.
URGENT REQUEST: The e-petition has, wonderfully, gained 611 signatures to date. I’d appreciate more, so, if you haven’t signed, please do.