Demand for ‘dangerous’ zebra crossing to be replaced with lights

Pictured are Margaret and Brian Roberts, Jenny Bloom, Mark winn and Tom Hunter-Watts
Pictured are Margaret and Brian Roberts, Jenny Bloom, Mark winn and Tom Hunter-Watts

A petition calling for a notorious zebra crossing to be changed has so far gained more than 200 signatures.

The Aylesbury Conservative branch has started the petition calling on Bucks County Council ‘to look at replacing the existing zebra crossing with a signal-controlled pelican crossing between Camborne Avenue and Jansel Square’ in Bedgrove.

In a letter to the county council, they say the county council must look at replacing the zebra crossing ‘as a matter of urgency before there are any more serious accidents.’

The crossing came under the spotlight in December 2013 when a 70-year-old man was hit by a car and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Bedgrove councillor Mark Winn, who started the petition said: “There have been a number of accidents and I have heard about a lot of near misses at that crossing.

“Traffic goes very fast through Bedgrove generally and there is no sign of us getting any relief from this.

“We have also called on the council to sort out the layby opposite the crossing because we think parking needs to be stopped there.

“The layby distracts drivers and it seems weird to have a layby by a crossing.”

The petition has so far been signed by 214 people.

A Bucks County Council statement said: “With regards to this zebra crossing in Bedgrove, two injury collisions have been reported to Thames Valley Police in the last 10 years.

“As a result, this is not a site that has received priority for any safety schemes.”