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VIDEO: Wheelchair user highlights junction fears in Gerrards Cross
A WHEELCHAIR user says there are a series of problems with the pedestrian crossings at the main junction in Gerrards Cross.
Mik Scarlet, a campaigner for the disabled and broadcast journalist, has filmed himself navigating the traffic light junction outside Tesco in Packhorse Road, and posted the video on YouTube (see video below).
Last year the parish council conducted a survey involving 2,000 villagers – saying it revealed "overwhelming dissatisfaction" with the junction (see related links).
Mik, who was invited to give his views on the junction by the council, says there are a number of issues, especially with the crossings on Station Approach and Ethorpe Crescent.
Among his complaints are the small pedestrian islands, which “do not provide enough safe area for more than one wheelchair user”, while steep inclines at the refuges lead to further difficulties and potential danger, he said.
He added: “When I first drove into Gerrards Cross...I was unsure what the residents’ complaints were.
“From a vehicular standpoint it seems to work quite well. However, now I’ve wheeled around I can see that it is very difficult to do, very time consuming... and there are several places where you seem to be made to work much harder than you need to just to cross the street.
“I think there are solutions, they aren't actually that costly and I think they might make the actual centre of Gerrards Cross a much more pleasant place to be.”
Bucks County Council has previously acknowledged the concerns about the junction, including the phasing of the traffic lights, and recently commissioned an independent review of the scheme which was built in 2010.
A number of options are being looked at with a public exhibition planned to take place next month.
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