Two new Zebra crossings at Swiss farm Marlow Road and Gravel Hill Henley have got the green light today at an Oxfordshire County Council meeting when Cabinet Member for the Environment, Yvonne Constance passed the Traffic regulation order to install the new crossings.
The Swiss Farm consultation resulted in 126 people in favour of the crossing and 4 against. The traffic surveys show that during a 12 hr period there were 3624 cars and 452 pedestrians attempting to cross the road. This alone is an excellent reason for the crossing. On Swiss Farm there are 160 residents and 360 visitors, this means potentially 520 people may wish to cross the road to catch a bus or walk into Henley.
Local resident, David Palmer who has been campaigning for this crossing for a number of years said I am so pleased that at last the crossing will happen. Thanks Stefan for making it happen after years of previous councillors doing nothing.” Keith Knight from Swiss Farm added, “As a pedestrian I applaud this facility. But moreover I am mindful that visitors will appreciate this because they have been saying to me for years ‘I can’t understand why there is no crossing on this road’. Some are able bodies as well and even cycle on the pavement which is not right. I will also be spared seeing neighbours who have mobility issues getting stuck halfway across the road. Thanks to Stefan and Oxfordshire CC for eventually getting this crossing which was overdue.”
The Gravel Hill crossing which is near Badgemore School and the Henley College was also approved by Councillor Constance. During the consultation 109 voted for the crossing and 4 against. During the traffic study there were 1825 vehicle movements and 1500 pedestrians trying to cross the road over a 12 hr period.
Mr Tim Hoskins, Headteacher of Badgemore School spoke about the need for the crossing and said “My parents and students come to school at peak traffic time’s i.e. 8 to 9 am. The busiest time to cross the road and now they will not be dodging vehicles and they will have a proper place to cross.”
Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said “I am very pleased that after all the hard work, all the design work that has gone into these crossings we can now get them done. I have always put pedestrian safety at the top of my agenda as a councillor. With the Greys Road crossing this represents now the first crossings to be implemented for 50 years in Henley. I am ecstatic that we have completed them.”