ePetition - A New Crossing and Traffic Calming for Freshfield Rd

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A New Crossing and Traffic Calming for Freshfield Rd

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to Install a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Freshfield Rd and Queens Park Terrace and install permanent traffic calming measures on the road.

Residents have campaigned for a crossing at this busy point of the road for many years. Scores of Children and parents using St Luke's Primary School have to cross the road daily and risk vehicles speeding down the hill.

Vehicles speed down the Hill regularly leading to real risks of harm to pedestrians including users of 3 schools.

Current council procedures mean until there is a serious accident no action can be taken. We believe this is nonsensical and fails to tale account of near misses, minor incidents and unreported risks.

Started by: CouncillorNick Childs (Residents and Cllr Nick Childs)

This ePetition ran from 05/10/2020 to 23/11/2020 and has now finished.

344 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

We carried out a detailed crossing assessment of the Freshfield Road and Cuthbert Road junction in 2017 where it came out as very low on the Council’s priority list, however, at this time the criteria required at least one injury causing collision, we have now amended the criteria by removing this provision so will be reassessing the junction and will report the outcome to a future ETS Committee.

In terms of your request for Traffic Calming I will ask Officers to look again into the issue of vehicle speeds as part of the work that will be carried out for the Pedestrian Crossing request in the area.

However, it is worth noting that we use data supplied by Sussex Police and work jointly with them as part of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to target our limited resources where they are needed and therefore have to prioritise roads or junctions that have a proven history of traffic collisions. Therefore, we cannot take into account reports of near misses as these are subjective and therefore open to interpretation. We will be taking note of your concerns and can report any further update alongside our findings in relation to the crossing request.

I am asking officers to bring a report to a future committee outlining our current policy when it comes for criteria for traffic calming, as we think it’s wrong that an accident is used as evidence rather than taking a preventative approach. We will include Freshfield Road in this report.


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