Thursday 28 July 2011 6.32pm
Is anyone else concerned by the work done in remodelling the traffic island on the Borough High St end of Great Dover Street
? They only made the changes a few days ago, but I've already seen a few near misses (one very near one this afternoon). This fazed me so much that I’ve even been inspired send the following Southwark Council
“The recent alterations to the traffic island on the Borough High St end of Great Dover Street
(to remove the barriers etc) have had the unfortunate effect of increasing the chance of accidents occurring to pedestrians trying to cross the road.
The problem is that as you approach the road from Long Lane
, intending to cross Great Dover Street
, you look up to see a 'green man' light opposite indicating that it is safe to cross. Unfortunately, this signal is intended for people who are on the central island only – there is still traffic running into the north side of Great Dover Street
. I have twice today seen people walk into the road (once stepping out from the north side pavement and once stepping out from the central island heading north) only to have to dodge the traffic coming towards them from Marshalsea Road
. This afternoon’s incident was a particularly close call!
This could be resolved by putting back a small section of barrier on the north side of the central island, just opposite the 'green man' located on the south of the street. This would indicate to people that they cannot just cross both sides of the road at once.
Please can you respond with your thoughts on this matter and what is to be done to resolve the problem. Thank you.”
Has anyone else noticed any problems, or have I just been walking near some very pre-occupied / accident-prone people lately?