New pedestrian crossing in Horsham ‘a disappointing safety hazard’

Delays in Albion Way, Horsham, caused by roadworks
Delays in Albion Way, Horsham, caused by roadworks

‘An utterly disappointing safety hazard’ is the result of works to improve the traffic light system in Horsham town centre.

Horsham residents have criticised the new pedestrian crossing on Albion Way.

Roadworks caused traffic chaos in Albion Way and the Bishopric in recent months.

However, Paul Aylett warned ‘someone is soon going to get seriously injured or even killed’ as a result of the new traffic light system.

He said: “I used that new crossing on Albion Way at the weekend and I have to say what an utterly disappointing safety hazard it has become.

“Let’s not talk about the weeks of congestion, inconvenience and money spent to get us to this stage, instead let’s focus on the fact that someone is soon going to get seriously injured or even killed.

“Not money well spent if you ask me!”

He added there was no visible ‘green man’ ahead of pedestrians, no audible noise and excessive waiting times.

In a letter written to the County Times, David Moore of the Horsham Society said the works have not lived up to expectation.

He wrote: “As people, who’ve tried to use the crossing, know by now is that it doesn’t appear by any stretch of the imagination to meet anyone’s expectations.

“Having tried it a few times, it takes me longer to cross the road than it did with the original two phase crossing as the weighting of the lights appears to be even more in favour of the vehicles than the pedestrians than it was before.

“As far as I could tell, more people are now doing the chicken run when they spot a convenient gap in the oncoming traffic.”

Roadworks began in May and included night closures of the affected area. The project included narrowing the central reservation of Albion Way south of the junction with the Bishopric and resurfacing the road, widening the footway on the west side of Albion Way and site access off the Albion Way roundabout, and replacing the existing signals at the Bishopric junction.

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