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Dangerous pedestrian crossing

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 14:38, Friday 18 January 2019

Sent to Bolton Borough Council 2 minutes later

This reasonably well-marked pedestrian crossing is extremely dangerous and is notorious amongst the shopkeepers in its vicinity and pedestrians who use it.

There appear to be two main problems. The first problem concerns traffic approaching the crossing on Chorley Old Road. For some reason drivers often fail to stop when there are pedestrians waiting to cross. Whether this is due to excessive speed, poor visibility of the crossing, or some other factor I cannot say.

The second problem concerns vehicles turning right out of Captains's Clough Road. This manoeuvre is made easier for the driver when a pedestrian is waiting to cross and vehicles on Chorley Old Road stop for the pedestrian at the crossing. It seems obvious that the driver exiting Captain's Clough Road would realise that vehicles had stopped for the pedestrian, but often this does not happen and a pedestrian on the crossing is placed in danger of being run down.

Both of these events have occurred to me several times.

What can be done about it? Clearly this is a question for a trained highways engineer, but the siting of the crossing point on a busy road so close to Captain's Clough Road must be a major factor.

Perhaps the crossing can be re-sited or traffic lights introduced to control Captain's Clough Road and Chorley Old Road? These are a couple of the possibilities. Simply introducing "no right turn" for vehicles exiting Captain's Clough Road would not suffice (even if it was obeyed) as this would only eliminate one of the identified problems. Rumble strips on Chorley Old Road would probably be inappropriate in an area with so much housing.

It is appreciated that the council has limited funds. Further I am no fan of traffic lights where they are not needed.

BUT IF NOTHING IS DONE IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THERE IS A VERY SERIOUS ACCIDENT HERE. *****************

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:52, Friday 15 February 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:49, Saturday 16 March 2019

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