I live on a service road which is separated from a busy main road by a wide grass verge. The only traffic is that of the householders. It is a dead end - with only 1 house beyond mine.
The Highways Dept have decided to put a crossing right outside my house where the only traffic that crosses that part of the road will be reversing at least 50% of the time to enter/exit the dead end. It is not only my neighbours cars but delivery vehicles, road sweepers, dustcarts all reversing out.
Having worked as a motor injury claims handler I can see that if pedestrians use this crossing it is an accident waiting to happen and my councillor and the contractor agree ... but the Highways Dept will not change the order.
In practice, pedestrians walk along the service road (as the path is narrow and obstructed by overhanging hedges and parked cars) and then the cross diagonally over the access road to get to the main road. Why the Highways Dept think that anyone would suddenly actually use the path and this crossing is beyond me. They are just ticking their boxes to claim they have put in safety measures at the expense of the taxpayer.
I suggested they put the crossing at the end of the dead end (so no conflict with reversing vehicles) but the answer is no!
I have just refused to move my car so things are hotting up but I don't want to be the one picking up some poor kiddy whose mum said "use the crossing" and then got reversed into by, for example, the Amazon delivery van!
(NB we are widening our drive anyway - it used to be wider so the kerb is already ok for this, so this isn't about parking) my car!)
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