THE NEGATIVE IMPACT IF THIS CROSSING WERE TO BE CLOSED:
At least 1000 people are using this crossing on average every day. If Network Rail succeeded in closing this crossing, there are major negative impacts as follows:-
1) It will cut the Sopwell community in two.
2) It will force pedestrians and other users to use alternative unsafe routes in order to reach their destinations (e.g. Cottonmill Lane/ Prospect Road).
Many residents avoid Cottonmill Lane because it is a fast road and at various points has limited pedestrian side walks.
3) It will add 30-40 minutes walking time for those accessing many local schools and shops (on potentially unsafe roads – see point 2 above)
4) This will inevitably put more cars on the road in an already congested city.
5) Those who don't drive and who are not able to do long walks will lose this vital link and be severely disadvantaged as a result. Sopwell is already identified as the St Albans ward with the highest number of non-car owning households.
6) The elderly and parents with young children are hugely reliant on this route to get to the local shops and will be massively disadvantaged by the closure of this crossing.
7) School children are reliant on using this crossing to safely
get to and from school every day.
Many cycle to school and would have no choice but to cycle on main roads such as Cottonmill which are far less suitable and unsafe (see Point 2).
Started by: Janet Charles (SOPWELL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION)
This ePetition ran from 06/08/2018 to 31/10/2018 and has now finished.
1508 people signed this ePetition.