A “safe crossing” could be installed next to a school in High Wycombe – on a road where other smashes have occurred.

Transport for Bucks (TfB) plans to install a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Hatters Lane (east of the junction with Windrush Drive), next to The Highcrest Academy.

A consultation on the scheme is now live.

Bucks Free Press:

The Highcrest Academy 

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The crossing “will improve safety for pedestrians wanting to access the school and bus stop”, according to TfB.

Adding: “This will provide a safe crossing facility for pedestrians, students and general public wishing to access Highcrest Academy (outside the school premises) – especially from [the] footpath [on the] opposite side of the road where existing residential housing blocks are situated.”

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Once the consultation has finished all responses will be considered and the plan will be amended accordingly.

Construction is planned during the school winter holidays.

In January, a video appearing to show a crash on a snowy Hatters Lane went viral.

Bucks Free Press:

The January smash

The clip showed a silver Smart car pulled over to the side of the road heading down Hatters Lane, while a white VW Tiguan tried to navigate around the pulled-up car by going on the other side of the road.

Meanwhile, a Mercedes continued down the hill, smashing into the Smart car and a parked up one the other side of the road, before hitting a third vehicle further down.

One commenter said a ‘majority of the roads (in High Wycombe) are on steep hills and are accidents waiting to happen’.

A homeowner and witness said it happens “every year” when it snows.

In April 2020, a silver Range Rover and a black Mini were involved in a smash on Hatters Lane – at the junction of Guinions Road/Clarendon Road.

In November 2019, a woman was mowed down on Hatters Lane by a blue VW Golf and left with head and leg injuries in a hit-and-run.

She was taken to Wexham Park Hospital and later discharged.

If you would like to comment on the proposal, visit: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/roads-parking/hatters-lane-pedestrian-crossing/

Alternatively, email: tfbschemesdelivery@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Or write to: Corrib Industrial Park, Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, HP19 8BP.

Submissions end September 24.

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