New Ash Hill Road Zebra crossing approved
An Ash Hill Road Zebra crossing has been approved by Surrey County Council (SCC). At the Ash Parish Council (APC) full council meeting held on Wednesday 12th January 2022, the chairman of the council (Cllr Nigel Manning) advised that he had been contacted by Surrey County Council (SCC) that the zebra crossing will be installed by 31st March 2022. Local councillors were pleased to hear this news and had been campaigning for over 7 years to have such a crossing installed upon Ash Hill Road.
When will the crossing be installed?
Ash Parish News asked the Chairman of APC (Cllr Nigel Manning) when the crossing will be installed. He said, “although the start date is not yet determined. It will be located between Victoria Hall and the Coronation Gardens car park, which is the most used route for pedestrians. As Chairman of APC I am extremely happy that finally, this crossing is to be installed on this busy road, which will much improve road safety for our residents.”
Why the crossing is needed
The users of Victoria hall have often found it challenging to access the parking at Coronation Gardens as it is located on the opposite side of the road. Its users have long since called for a safe crossing. Equally, residents have complained that the traffic on Ash Hill road is frequent and fast-moving. This crossing will now make accessing the play equipment and green spaces north of Ash Hill Road safer for all residents.
SCC Councillor for Ash Division (Cllr Carla Morson) said on social media that “After many years of residents and our various local councils requesting a zebra crossing across the road, we are to get it!“. She also said that “the crossing will make it much safer to get from one side of the road to the other”.
Cllr Marsha Moseley told Ash Parish News that “as the former County Councillor for the Ash Division and after many years of campaigning and lobbying for a safe pedestrian crossing on Ash Hill Road I am delighted to see that SCC has now found the necessary resources for a crossing on this very busy road. I have no doubt it will much improve road safety for our residents.”
What is a Zebra Crossing
Zebra crossings are easily identified by the distinctive black and white stripes painted on the road and the flashing orange belisha beacons. As a nearby example, there is a Zebra crossing on Vale Road by Ash Vale Station. Zebra crossings are controlled crossings where pedestrians have a legal priority over vehicles without the use of traffic signals. This can make them safer than they first appear as the pedestrian must ensure that the traffic has seen them and stopped before crossing the road.
Drivers approaching a zebra or parallel crossing should do so with caution, as any pedestrian who steps onto the crossing or cyclist starting across has priority. Drivers must stop and give way.
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