Residents and businesses in Cirencester call for Castle Street crossing to be tackled following two crashes in a week

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Oli Christie from Neon play who is calling for a proper crossing at the top of Castle Street in Cirencester Oli Christie from Neon play who is calling for a proper crossing at the top of Castle Street in Cirencester

THE danger of an unofficial crossing near the centre of Cirencester needs to be tackled, according to residents and businesses following two crashes in just over a week.

The unofficial cobbled crossing on Castle Street, close to the junction with Sheep Street, causes confusion for both pedestrians and drivers, according to critics.

This week a 30-year-old woman was knocked down as she crossed the road.

Now Cirencester mayor Joe Harris has written to Gloucestershire Highways asking what can be done to make the crossing safe.

Oli Christie, of Neon Play, has offices opposite the crossing and said he regularly sees accidents and near-misses.

“It’s a big problem. Drivers often don’t indicate and some go their fastest on the straight bit of road from St James Place towards the town centre,” he said.

“Some drivers are nice and stop to let people cross but others are oblivious. There is nothing making them stop, though.”

Mayor of Cirencester Joe Harris called it “one of the town’s blackspots” and a concern as it was a busy route for students walking to Cirencester College and Deer Park School.

“I’ve asked the Highways what the regulation is on that particular area and if there is anything we can do to make it safer or clearer,” he said.

“I’ve had a few people contact me about the issue and it’s something that needs to be dealt with. Any issue of safety for pedestrians or drivers is always a priority.”

Gloucestershire Highways manager Scott MaCaulay-Lowe said he would meet Mr Harris to talk about the concerns.

“The recent accidents are being discussed with the road safety team and the police to better understand the causes,” he said.

Residents have also spoken out.

Jo Eveleigh said there should be a 20mph speed limit throughout the town centre. Martin Stephen Cook on Facebook said the crossing had been an official one in the past: “I can’t understand why on earth it did not continue that way.”

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9:10pm Thu 5 Dec 13

WPhil2 says...

The 20mph limit starts at the Waitrose roundabout although the signs are on tall posts and to your left when you are busy looking at traffic from the right at the roundabout. I think a lot of drivers are unaware of the 20mph as they are coming down the old Tetbury Road to this crossing. Also as I regularly use this crossing I notice that vehicle are virtually racing down the straight and into the chicane before the crossing. It can be very hard to cross at times as the speed of vehicles means the gaps are not a sufficient break for one to cross. Simple solution - put a table top zebra crossing. Also paint 20mph on the exit from the Waitrose roundabout, give drivers a chance to know it is 20.
The 20mph limit starts at the Waitrose roundabout although the signs are on tall posts and to your left when you are busy looking at traffic from the right at the roundabout. I think a lot of drivers are unaware of the 20mph as they are coming down the old Tetbury Road to this crossing. Also as I regularly use this crossing I notice that vehicle are virtually racing down the straight and into the chicane before the crossing. It can be very hard to cross at times as the speed of vehicles means the gaps are not a sufficient break for one to cross. Simple solution - put a table top zebra crossing. Also paint 20mph on the exit from the Waitrose roundabout, give drivers a chance to know it is 20. WPhil2

11:52pm Thu 5 Dec 13

David Broad says...

The 20 limit is a special Ciren secret known only to a select few people such as Councillors and Police officers, the signs are carefully hidden in unlikely locations and most visitors remain blissfully unaware , likewise the virtual Cycle Lane which those of us with long memories can visualise as a long green splodge along from where Bridges used to be to the Old Police station.
Added to this the crazily narrow carriageway around by the Park wall which buses cannot negotiate without riding the kerbs and the "Shared Space" Russian roulette style crossings where no one knows who should give way and it is quite amazing that so few of the many accidents have been featured in the Standard..
The 20 limit is a special Ciren secret known only to a select few people such as Councillors and Police officers, the signs are carefully hidden in unlikely locations and most visitors remain blissfully unaware , likewise the virtual Cycle Lane which those of us with long memories can visualise as a long green splodge along from where Bridges used to be to the Old Police station. Added to this the crazily narrow carriageway around by the Park wall which buses cannot negotiate without riding the kerbs and the "Shared Space" Russian roulette style crossings where no one knows who should give way and it is quite amazing that so few of the many accidents have been featured in the Standard.. David Broad

7:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

andrew.carpenter says...

I use cross this road twice every day to and from work. It's not that hard to stay safe. Simply follow the green cross code. I witness a lot of people, usually students, crossing when it is not safe and expecting the cars to simply magically avoid them.
I use cross this road twice every day to and from work. It's not that hard to stay safe. Simply follow the green cross code. I witness a lot of people, usually students, crossing when it is not safe and expecting the cars to simply magically avoid them. andrew.carpenter

9:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

20mph ?

Nothing was moving in town this evening....gridlock.


All pedestrians safe.
20mph ? Nothing was moving in town this evening....gridlock. All pedestrians safe. Olly Cromwell

8:23am Sun 8 Dec 13

Steeple says...

I drive at 20 mph in town regardless, but I never knew the 20 mph zone started at the Waitrose roundabout. In view of the widespread flouting of the speed restrictions the only way to get traffic to slow down are humps. That is unlikely. but painting some '30' signs in roads might help.
I drive at 20 mph in town regardless, but I never knew the 20 mph zone started at the Waitrose roundabout. In view of the widespread flouting of the speed restrictions the only way to get traffic to slow down are humps. That is unlikely. but painting some '30' signs in roads might help. Steeple

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