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Drivers are being urged to slow down at pedestrian crossings in Barton

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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Hussain Vorajee from Gloucester is annoyed that traffic does not stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings on Barton Street

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Residents across Barton are calling for urgent action because drivers are failing to stop at pedestrian crossings.

Hussain Vorajee, who lives in the area, said he has seen an increase in the number of near misses, particularly along Barton Street.

He added: “The problem has been quite bad for a long time now.

“Some people do not understand the concept of a zebra crossing. In the last few days I have seen some cars slightly touch pedestrians. But it is a national issue I think.

“On a Friday, hundreds of Muslims leave the mosque in All Saints Road and the crossings along Charles Street, Vauxhall Street and Barton Street are very busy.

“It does not help that they are on the corner of roads, just as cars are turning.

“However, some drivers often see residents chatting near the crossings and just drive through. If a pedestrian makes the wrong judgement call, it could result in a fatality.

“At 3pm hundreds of school children run across Barton are using the zebra crossings too.”

He believes a pelican crossing, which uses traffic lights and the ‘green man’ to control the flow of traffic and people walking, could be a safer option.

He said people moving to Gloucester from abroad would find this easier to understand.

Lesley Phelps, of John Phelps Academy of Hair in Barton Street, agrees and said: “Last year I witnessed three people get run over. I see it all because my shop is directly next to a crossing. It is very dangerous.

“The problem is people talk with friends near the crossing and some drivers just drive along not looking. Some people just walk across it without waiting for cars to stop.

“When I was younger this street did have a pelican system which was safer. However they changed it a few years ago.”

A spokesman from Gloucestershire Police said: “Pedestrian crossings should be obeyed like any traffic signal and failure to do so could result in serious injury or worse.

“If you see anyone not obeying pedestrian crossings please call Gloucestershire Police on 101.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 17 2014, 5:09PM

    Glos Lad, Yes, that one and the one near Charles Street. Traffic is going slowly in that part of Barton Street, so I don't see what the problem is.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 17 2014, 9:20AM

    @Kay_Powell Oh that one, In front of Jacks/Methodist Church.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 15 2014, 4:52PM

    Glos Lad, the crossing is further away from the roundabout than it looks in the photo. I've never had any problem with stopping for pedestrians at that crossing, but if drivers are going too fast, there could be a collision. There have been collisions on the crossing on the other side of the roundabout. However, the article is actually about the two zebra crossings about a mile away, near All Saints Road, where the speed limit is 20 mph.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 15 2014, 12:46PM

    Well it's a stupid place to out a zebra crossing right next to a roundabout.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 14 2014, 5:06PM

    The plot thickens.

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  • SJChurch  |  January 14 2014, 1:18PM

    The Morrisons story is suspicious to put it mildly. Especially so as the person in question was not photographed. This character turns up in the local paper regularly. Perhaps Maryam could ask him what his real motivation is?

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  • SJChurch  |  January 14 2014, 1:01PM

    Nice outfit. You know the Citizen is struggling for content when Bo Selecta turns up. I read the Morrisons non story. It was about another chap, so not sure why they pictured him. Apparently the local Indian takeaway was having the worlds largest Coca Cola party. Hopefully for the next picture he will remember to put his trousers and headphones on.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 14 2014, 12:07PM

    Snappy, have to agree but this man is just an idiot trying to seek publicity for himself and his beliefs!

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  January 14 2014, 10:40AM

    I think we'll be hearing a lot more of this fella come the council elections, or I'll eat my greens...

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 14 2014, 10:11AM

    I have no problem with these crossings and no other road user in the UK should have a problem, anyone that doesn't know how to use them should not be on the road full stop. Children should not be running across these or any other crossing. Lastly what has any religion got to do with crossing the road?

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