Calls for action on ‘dangerous’ zebra crossing

The zebra crossing in Upper Shoreham Road, near the junction with Mill Lane
The zebra crossing in Upper Shoreham Road, near the junction with Mill Lane

RESIDENTS are calling for action on a Shoreham crossing after a pensioner suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision.

The zebra crossing in Upper Shoreham Road is frequently used by schoolchildren.

In a traffic survey carried out by St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School, in Eastern Avenue, pupils highlighted inconsiderate driving, dangerous parking and drivers using mobile phones in the area.

Residents are now saying something needs to be done to improve safety on the crossing.

Linda Bridgman, who lives in Upper Shoreham Road near the crossing, suggested a push button control.

“I do believe there has been a few accidents here,” she said. “Perhaps the crossing should have a camera or a push button to make it safer for all pedestrians, including children.

“Let’s hope the police and the Highways Agency look into this matter before another person is injured.”

Mrs Bridgman said she moved into the road in 1988, when it was much quieter. Since the Holmbush Shopping Centre was built, the road has become much busier.

“The crossing is one of the old type, the same as the one by Buckingham Park. These crossings are used every single day by lots of mums with children going to various schools.

“I myself always use the crossing and only the other week, when I was only three-quarters of the way over, a car just went passed me.

“This is also a very busy junction with Erringham Road and Mill Lane.”

Other residents have described the crossing as ‘very dangerous’.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “It was truly horrific on Friday. She had crossed halfway.

“The number of times I have been crossing the road there and cars haven’t stopped, something needs to be done.”

David Etherton, head teacher at St Nicolas and St Mary, said: “I am frequently informed about near misses and inconsiderate driving and parking in the area.

“We teach our children about road safety – but would plead with drivers to take care near school.

“Earlier this year, our year six pupils undertook a traffic survey and spotted a number of drivers using phones or parking dangerously. They were also concerned about the number of adult cyclists without helmets.

“Members of our school community have been affected by the recent accident and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

A 73-year-old woman was hit by a white LDV minibus while on the zebra crossing last Friday. She was flown to St George’s Hospital in London. On Tuesday, Sussex Police said she was in a critical condition but stable.

The driver of the minibus, a 61-year-old man from Angmering, who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, has been bailed until December 5 pending further enquiries.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “This is currently the subject of a full police investigation and we cannot make any specific comments at this time other than this crossing does not have a poor accident record.

“We will, of course, take note of any recommendations that may arise from the police investigation and are currently undertaking our own investigation into the incident.”