Marlborough resident, Hannah Cartwright, has started a petition to lobby for an improvement in the safety of the pedestrian crossing at the top of Port Hill on the A346, opposite the Common and the entrance to the Acres.
Hannah told Marlborough.news, “I am fed up with crossing the main road next to the Common as you enter Marlborough and having to feel vulnerable standing in the middle whilst cars/lorries etc. fly around the corner and they don’t stop for you.
Too many times, I have seen people with their dogs or pushchairs standing in the middle feeling unsafe and dogs actually shaking with fear from the heavy fast traffic flow.
A lot of people have mentioned that the 30 mph speed limit should be extended to beyond the Golf Club and there should be warning signs alerting drivers to the crossing. Something needs to be done now before someone is killed or seriously hurt.”
Hannah has collected over 100 handwritten statements from members of the public many of whom have experienced a ‘close call’ on the crossing. Nearly 400 people have signed a petition she has set up on change.org. You can find the petition here
Cllr. Lisa Farrell commented, “This is a very dangerous area for anyone to cross on day or night. There are no signs or lights to say there is a crossing so cars are unsure to stop or just go and cars are speeding coming up from the High Street and coming up the hill from Swindon.
We really need a bypass. There are so many lorries now and it’s even worse if any part of the motorway is shut and they all come through Marlborough.”
Shelley Parker, Town Clerk for Marlborough said, “Following our Petitions Policy, the petition and evidence will be presented at a Full Council Meeting and then passed to CATG (Community Area Transport Group).