ePetition details

Install a pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the Wokingham Road adjacent to Station Road

We the undersigned petition Wokingham Borough Council to Install a new traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing to allow safe passage across the busy Wokingham road for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to and from Earley Station and Woodley via the footbridge from the Kenton Road/Maiden Erlegh side.

The Wokingham Road has become increasingly busy particularly at peak times, and as the speed limit at the stretch in question is 40mph, it makes crossing the road (which is wide due to the central filter lane for traffic turning into Kenton Road from the westerly Reading direction) especially hazardous. Given that large numbers of people use Earley Station at peak times, and that children walking to and from school at Maiden Erlegh or Bulmershe use the footbridge over the railway, it is a wonder and pure luck that nobody has been injured or killed at this location from being hit by traffic. It is especially hard and treacherous for the elderly and physically disabled to cross this road when busy. It is difficult to understand why a pedestrian crossing has not been installed to date here, particularly given that there are pelican crossings located elsewhere on the road at far less busy locations. The very presence of the station should make the requirement of a crossing obvious and essential. While there are central refuge islands at the moment, these do not offer sufficient protection as they do not force traffic to slow down, and many times pedestrians have been witnessed 'running the gauntlet' to get from the pavement to the refuges quickly enough to avoid being hit. It cannot be a sustainable solution to leave this situation to continue.

Started by: Jason Collins-Webb

This ePetition runs from 22/04/2022 to 21/10/2022.

25 people have signed this ePetition.