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Fears over safety outside superstore

Published: 2 Feb 2014 17:300 comments

WORRIED residents are calling for a road to be made safer outside a Martin’s Heron superstore.

Zebra crossing next to Tesco, Martin's Heron

Members of The Har-mans Water & The Parks, Martin’s Heron & The Warren Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) say there have been a number of near misses outside Tesco, in Whitton Road.

The NAG’s road safety sub-group, in partnership with Tesco, has launched a survey to ask customers and residents about the safety of the approach road to the store.

Nigel Dumbrell, from the NAG, said: “A zebra crossing was installed adjacent to the Tesco store some 18 months ago and there have been a number of incidents whereby cars visiting the store have been exceeding the speed limit of 20mph or have ignored pedestrians trying to use the crossing.

“There have been several occasions when people have nearly been hit by the vehicles.”

He added that Cllr Shelagh Pile, the NAG chairwoman, has discussed the problem with Bracknell Forest Council’s highways department and asked about the possibility of installing traffic lights.

Mr Dumbrell said: “There are two issues here. Firstly rail travellers park alongside Whitton Road and while this parking forces vehicles to stop or slow down to allow cars coming in the other direction away from the store to pass many seem to try to beat the oncoming traffic by speeding up and ignoring pedestrians stepping on to the crossing.

“Secondly, it has been noted the cars parked in Whitton Road, adjacent to the crossing, are too close and as such drivers are unable to adequately see pedestrians embarking the crossing.”

Bracknell Forest Council said it is currently monitoring the zebra crossing to see if any changes need to be made.

If you would like to participate in the survey please ask for a questionnaire from the customer services desk within Tesco Stores in Martin’s Heron.

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