ePetition details

Pedestrian Crossing to accommodate those who cross the main road into Cranborne School

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Create a safe crossing for those to enter Cranborne Primary School Potters Bar

There are 2 main entrances to Cranborne primary school. One which has a pedestrian Crossing and another entrance of which pedestrians need to negotiate a T-junction and Main road in order to cross. We believe by providing a pedestrian crossing at the top entrance to the school will make this much safer.

Started by: Michelle Stannard-Jones

This ePetition ran from 15/03/2019 to 31/05/2019 and has now finished.

One person signed this ePetition.

Council response

Mutton Lane, Potters Bar - Response to e-petition:
Pedestrian Crossing To Accommodate Those Who Cross The Main Road Into Cranbourne School

There are three signal-controlled crossings near Cranborne Primary School on Mutton Lane within 250 metres of the south-west school gate providing pedestrian access to the school grounds. In this respect, this section of Mutton Lane (the ‘main road’ described in the petition text) is already well provided with safe pedestrian crossing points.

Highway design guidance advises that controlled pedestrian crossings should not be located within 100 metres of each other. As the pelican crossing by the junction of Laurel Fields is just 90 metres from the suggested site, a new crossing here could not be situated to comply with the design requirements, and would be a fourth controlled crossing in less than half a mile of Mutton Lane. The three existing crossings also link directly with footways on the south side of Mutton Lane; there are no such pedestrian facilities opposite the south-west school gate.

The County Council follows an established, evidence led, process for assessing and prioritising locations for road safety improvements. An annual hazardous sites report highlights locations where incidents leading to injury have occurred most frequently, and is used to prioritise our resources on schemes that have the greatest potential to improve highway safety. The incident history on Mutton Lane outside Cranborne Primary School is well below the intervention level – the most recent injury sustained at the site of the requested new crossing occurred in 2007 – so it is not a current priority for road safety improvements. However, minor changes to discourage pedestrians from crossing the road outside the school gate will be discussed with the local County Councillor when allocating discretionary highway funding across the Potters Bar East county division later this year.

The Active and Safer Travel Team at County Hall promote road safety initiatives and may be able to help raise awareness in the school, and to encourage the use of the existing crossings by developing and implementing a school travel plan. Cranborne Primary School do not currently have a travel plan, but if they would like to have one, the team would be happy to provide advice and support. Further information can be found online at https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/travel-to-school/school-travel-plans.aspx