Lammas Park Pedestrian Crossing consultation

Earlier this year EFRA submitted its comments on the proposed location of a pedestrian crossing on Northfield Avenue close to Lammas Park, to replace the existing crossing just to the south.

 

EFRA response to the consultation on the
Northfields Avenue pedestrian crossing – February 2011
Dear Sirs,
I write on behalf of Ealing Fields Resident’s Association in response to the public consultation on the relocation and redesign of the pedestrian crossing outside the entrance to Lammas Park in Northfield Avenue. Our resident’s association represents some 2,000 households across more than 30 roads in the Northfields area and has a paid up membership of 750.
Both Lammas Park and the pedestrian crossing that serves it are used intensively by our members. We therefore welcome proposals to enhance the safety of this crossing and in particular to relocate it onto a speed table.
We have a number of suggestions and concerns about some of the detailed aspects of the proposal which are set out below for your consideration:
 
Central Island
The location of this crossing means that it is intensively used by accompanied infants and unaccompanied older children crossing to and from the park. The location of the children’s play area just inside the park entrance means that children comprise a disproportionate proportion of the crossing’s users. An additional issue is that many parents and careers are accompanied by more than one child, which can raise additional safety concerns while crossing the road. We therefore suggest that the safety provided by the pedestrian crossing would be enhanced if a central island/refuge could be incorporated into the design.
We recognise that the road width needs to be increased to permit the construction of the central island. As the pavement on the eastern park side of Northfield Avenue has already been built out into the road, it might be possible to remove part of the built out pavement and utilised the resulting freed-up road width to install a central island on the crossing.
 
Belisha Beacon Sight Lines
It is possible that the Belisha beacons could become obscured by the pavement trees as they mature. We suggest that particular attention should be paid to the siting of the beacons so that they are visible to approaching motorists. If it was possible to insert a central island/refuge on the crossing, the inclusion of a central Belisha beacon would increase the crossing’s visibility to motorists.
 
Pavement Railings
As the crossing will be close to the park entrance we consider that the railings should be retained in order to guide pedestrians towards the crossing and to avoid children accidentally running into the road. The railings should also discourage cyclists from cycling out onto the crossing straight from the park (as they do at the new exit onto Culmington Road).
 
Benches
We feel that benches placed on Northfield Avenue facing that road are likely to be poorly used compared to those close-by within the park. Additionally, being placed underneath trees, the benches are very likely to be soiled by bird droppings and tree excreta, which will further dissuade residents from using them. They may also become a magnet for anti social behaviour.
 
Entry ‘Slip Roads’ for Cyclists
We are uncertain about the inclusion of ‘slip roads’ for cyclists outside numbers 185 and 162 Northfield Avenue. The installation of these features could encourage cyclists to use the pavements, an action that could endanger the safety of pedestrians on the pavement. If this option is pursued we would request that as a minimum cycle lanes are clearly marked.
 
Vehicle and Bicycle Access to Lammas Park
Last summer the Mayor of London’s bicycle ‘Skyride’ was routed through the entrance of Lammas Park. It might be prudent to design in similar future events, possibly by extending the speed table so that it is at a constant level outside the park entrance and ensuring that the pavement edge railings can be opened or demounted at this point.
 
Vehicle Activated Speed Signs
As this crossing is intensively used by young children and is located on a slight bend, we suggest that there might be some benefit in installing vehicle activated speed signs on its approaches (subject to the views of affected residents in Northfields Avenue).
Roger Jarman EFRA