Fears over pedestrian safety on dangerous Marlow pavement stretch

Bucks Free Press: The low kerb on Station Road is a danger, says Marlow business owner The low kerb on Station Road is a danger, says Marlow business owner

A BUSINESS owner who walks along a stretch of pavement every day says drivers are risking people's lives and that it is only a matter of time before someone is hit by a car.

David Abbott, who runs Platinum Resourcing on Marlow High Street, claims the lack of a raised kerb on Station Road, near where it meets the High Street roundabout, means cars frequently drive up on the pavement.

And he said the council is reluctant to do anything about the serious safety risk because highways teams claim it is a historical problem going back decades.

Mr Abbott said: "For various historical reasons there is no proper kerb on Station Road near the High Street for about 150 yards.

"What that means is that at various times of the day if there are cars parked on the Burgers side of the road, there is no room for two cars to pass and cars just drive along the pavement instead.

"I walk along that road every day and I’ve seen near misses. If you know the road then you know not to walk there but not everyone does. Someone is going to get hit."

The kerb along Station Road is comprised of individual stones, and not the conjoined, higher squared variety seen on newer streets.

Transport for Buckinghamshire, Bucks County Council’s highways arm, said the dropped kerb was in place to allow pedestrians to cross near the roundabout, and that the lower stones still act as a clear boundary.

TfB spokesman Dan Elworthy said: "Station Road, Marlow has a clearly defined edge to the highway by kerb stones and double yellow line road markings.

"If there is an issue of cars driving off the designated highway and over the pavement, then this would be for the police to enforce.

"At the end of Station Road, towards the High Street, there is a section of dropped kerb stones to act as a crossing point for pedestrians.

"According to our records, we have no request to make changes to these kerb stones in the last twelve months, and we have no reported injury collisions of anyone being struck by passing cars in the last ten years."

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12:47am Mon 3 Feb 14

pulsecity says...

fuss about nothing this is not news
fuss about nothing this is not news pulsecity
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12:49am Mon 3 Feb 14

pulsecity says...

BFP what is news?

news
njuːz/Submit
noun
noun: news
1.
newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.
"I've got some good news for you"
a broadcast or published report of news.
plural noun: the news
"he was back in the news again"
synonyms: report, announcement, story, account; More
informal
information not previously known to (someone).
"this was hardly news to her"
a person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news.
"Chanel became the hottest news in fashion"
Origin

late Middle English: plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’.
BFP what is news? news njuːz/Submit noun noun: news 1. newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events. "I've got some good news for you" a broadcast or published report of news. plural noun: the news "he was back in the news again" synonyms: report, announcement, story, account; More informal information not previously known to (someone). "this was hardly news to her" a person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news. "Chanel became the hottest news in fashion" Origin late Middle English: plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’. pulsecity
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11:05am Mon 3 Feb 14

Charlie28 says...

I bet TfB will have formed their opinion from Google Streetview rather than a personal visit. Dan Elworthy should try standing on that stretch of pavement in rush hour and see how safe he feels!
I bet TfB will have formed their opinion from Google Streetview rather than a personal visit. Dan Elworthy should try standing on that stretch of pavement in rush hour and see how safe he feels! Charlie28
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