ePetition details

Safe Road Crossing for Dunmow Road/Stortford Hall Park/Urban Road/Wayletts Drive

We the undersigned petition the County Council to put a safe crossing on Dunmow Road near the junctions of Stortford Hall Park, Urban Road and Wayletts Drive so that the residents of this area can cross the road safely. Dunmow Road is such a busy round about and so many children walk this way to the three secondary schools plus the primary schools. Many elderly residents live in this estate and are terrified to cross this main road both in the day and at night. One resident I am aware of is so scared she asks her daughter to go to the local shop. The shop is very popular with local residents and for alot of residents they have to cross this road to reach it. We have a pelican crossing up near Hockerill/East Herts School but this is too far down the road to go to and then walk all the way back again. There is also a crossing which you cross half way across the road at the mini roadabout near the Land Rover garage but traffic does not stop at the mini roadabout and again is too far up for residents to cross and come back again.

There has been a written petition with over 150 signatures of local residents and everyone asked about this problem has said something urgently needs to be done asap.

Started by: Janet Edwards

This ePetition ran from 26/11/2018 to 21/02/2019 and has now finished.

123 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The concerns raised within this petition have been considered by officers and discussed with the local County Councillor (John Wyllie) whose Division the site is located within. The lead petitioner has also met with Councillor Wyllie on site.

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 Hertfordshire County Council's policies and corporate plans. The County Council has not identified the installation of a pedestrian crossing as a priority for Pedestrian Improvement works within its core Integrated Transport Programme, or as a site requiring further investigation at the present time.

The County Council also has a programme of work which is designed to make its roads safer for all users. This is known as the Safety Engineering Programme of work, and safety engineering specialists consider all reported personal injury collisions in the County on an annual basis, and identify locations where there are concentrations of reported injury collisions. Road safety engineering schemes are then promoted, on a prioritised basis, where it is identified that aspects of the road environment could be modified and/or improved to reduce the potential for future collisions. The personal injury accident history at and near to this location has been investigated and this shows that there have been no collisions involving pedestrians, which have resulted in injury in the last three years. Therefore this location would not attract core funding from the County Council’s annual road safety budget.

When the County Council receives a request for pedestrian crossing facilities to be improved or built, which fall outside of its core programmes of work, initial investigations into the request may be undertaken by means of carrying out Traffic Speed and Volume Surveys, as well as a Manual Pedestrian Count. The data captured from such surveys is analysed to determine if the request meets the criteria for the matter to be considered further.

There is no funding available from the County Council's core budgets towards the cost of the surveys. However Cllr Wyllie will consider funding the cost of the surveys using the Highway Locality Budget Scheme during the 2019/2020 Financial Year. Once the surveys have been completed, it is proposed to present the findings and any recommendations to Cllr Wyllie, in order to determine and agree the next course of action.