by billhoult on 22 May, 2010
A consultation is being carried out by the Highway Authority on the Harrogate and Knaresborough Service Centre Transportation Strategy regarding road safety provisions for Forest Moor Road in Calcutt.
One suggestion is to provide 4 traffic islands (for pedestrians to use to cross the road) at various points along the length of the road. Although not specified the most logical locations are at the bus stops.
The islands would provide an element of traffic calming as well as help pedestrians.This is exactly the same proposal that I made to the Harrogate Borough Council back in 2006 when they had the Highway Agency. The response I received was that the road was too narrow to allow the safe use of the refuges on a central island. This would mean that the road require widening at the location of the refuges which would of course increase the costs.
The scheme was ruled out at that time due to cost and higher priority of other schemes in the agency area.
I am pleased that the proposal is being reconsidered by North Yorkshire County Council.
Although the pedestrian islands would not provide the ultimate solution to speeding traffic (only traffic platforms will do that and there is local resistance to those) experience suggests that they do reduce speeds and mad cap overtaking.
I certainly support the proposal but wish to hear what you, local residents feel about it and whether you have any other ideas to improve the road?
As a first step the County Council is consulting with what they describe as stakeholders such as the Knaresborough Town Council and local councillors before going on to wider consultation with members of the public later this year.
Please let me know your views by either writing to me at 8 Manor Road, Knaresborough HG5 0BN Tel 01423 867804 or by email email@example.com Comments