ePetition details

Walkern High Street Pedestrian Crossing - North End

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Install a pedestrian crossing at the North end of Walkern Village. The crossing should run from the pavement on the west side of the High Street to the pavement on the south side of Church End.

Pedestrians cross from the High Street to Church End to walk to the church and the ford and to access the countryside paths to the East of Walkern. A popular walk round Walkern is a circular route from the High Street to Church End to Bockings and either Winters Lane or Totts Lane back to the High Street. This back-road walking route is also used to avoid the heavy traffic on the High Street when walking from homes in the north of the village to the shops, school, GP surgery, park, and bus stops all at the south end of the village.
There is pavement to South side of Church End, but it finishes just shy of the High Street. When the crossing is installed the pavement in Church End should to be extended to meet the crossing.
Having a crossing at the north end of the village would also act as an additional visual notification to road traffic that they are entering a village. Although there are a significant number of houses at the north end of Walkern Village they are tucked away from the main High Street and the residential nature is less visible than it might be. Drivers in the north part of the village are less conscientious of pedestrians and often drive faster than they should.

Started by: Jennifer Gilbride

This ePetition ran from 26/10/2018 to 26/01/2019 and has now finished.

7 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

High Street, Walkern E-Petition Response

Thank you for your e-petition requesting a pedestrian crossing on the High Street at the north end of Walkern.

All of Highways and Transport related schemes and initiatives carried out by Hertfordshire County Council are identified through a number of Local Transport Plans/Programmes developed with consideration to the County Council's policies and corporate plans. I can confirm that this location is not identified for a pedestrian crossing in our transport plans or programmes. Consequently, there are no plans or funding for a pedestrian crossing on this location. The demand for funding always exceeds the available funds, therefore to achieve the best value from our limited funds we have to prioritise initiatives that will go forward.

Implementing a pedestrian crossing requires detailed investigations and a feasibility study to determine whether a scheme can be safely implemented in accordance with national design guidelines. There needs to be justification for the need for an improved crossing in terms of the number of pedestrians crossing at this location throughout the day. The County Council will carry out a pedestrian survey in the summer (2019) to assess the need for a pedestrian crossing at this location.

At this stage a pedestrian survey is considered as an appropriate first step in assessing this matter, and we will be programming one to be carried out in the 2019/20 financial year.