Friday, 29 June 2012

Newport Road crossing

This afternoon I had a meeting with highways officers to discuss the ongoing quest for a safe way for pedestrians to cross the main road at Newport Square or St Thomas Road. As regular readers will know, money for a crossing was in last year's budget but the project was delayed by a lack of design resources.

The engineers have modelled three options for how a crossing might work. The first two look at the obvious option of adding a pedestrian phase to the traffic lights. Whilst this would be feasible, the knock on effect on the length of time that cars would end up waiting at the junction at peak times is very worrying.

The other option would be an informal refuge type crossing a bit further up the hill towards town. The trouble with this is that it would do little to serve the proposed TRAC trail between Polson and Egloskerry which it is suggested would cross the main road at the Newport Industrial Estate junction.

So the officers are going away to think some more. I'm grateful to them for the work they have done so far and am confident that we will come up with some sort of scheme in the near future.

In the meantime, they are also looking at introducing a length of pavement on the industrial estate side of the road between the junction and Station Road. They are also looking at better understanding the traffic flows to see if the current lights could be re-timed to reduce waiting times.

As with many local problems, there isn't a simple solution, but I am confident that this one is now being addressed.


David said...

What's there to think about? If there was a 'can do' attitude it could be done in a day or two to the satisfaction of every pedestrian in that part of town. Its current legislation that compels councils to endure expensive procedures to complete even the simplest improvements. Nothing will change though when too many parasitic jobs in county hall depend on this beaurocratic madness.

MR PJ said...

What's the progress on the TRAC trail? Sounds great. Won't hold my breath on the Newport crossing but thank you for continuing to raise it with Cornwall council.

Alex Folkes said...

David: In this case I think the officers are right to raise the concern that the wrong change will leave cars backed up through the town. They are quite aware of the fact that this is a problem that hasn't been solved in 25+ years and are determined to make progress. For once, I have faith...

Mr PJ: Am awaiting an update on TRAC. Compulsory Purchase powers have been given to officers - but we hope not to have to use them and that landowners will see the sense in negotiating. This is a great project but it needs to make progress.