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Gloucester MP Richard Graham backs Citizen's shared space campaign

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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GLOUCESTER MP Richard Graham has backed the Citizen’s campaign to install a pedestrian crossing in the shared space off Southgate Street.

The Conservative MP is one of almost 500 people to support a petition started by the Citizen calling on Gloucestershire County Council to consider introducing a safer crossing at Kimbrose Triangle.

He said: “Any of us living and working in the city centre know that, unfortunately, the current arrangements aren't working as well as was hoped.

“I have seen a number of near misses and had mails from constituents with similar stories.

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“As the volumes of domestic and foreign tourists increase it is important that everyone knows who has priority and that's what a pedestrian crossing will achieve.”

Mr Graham said in general he liked the concept of shared space and didn’t want to see a stream of road signs cluttering Kimbrose Triangle, but that there is too much uncertainty about the current crossing.

He had a meeting with the leader of the county council, Mark Hawthorne, earlier today to discuss the issue.

“I believe the county council's own research has also questioned the success of the current shared space and I hope this will encourage them to review urgently how we can best resolve the issue," he said.

“In my own mind a pedestrian crossing is the best solution although I'm open to alternative ideas.”

The Citizen launched the petition earlier this month.

The shared space zone, where pedestrians and motorists negotiate the same area, has been in place since 2011 and although there have been no accidents, there have been numerous anecdotal reports of near-misses and people being clipped by vehicles.

To sign the petition visit change.org and search for ‘shared space’.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 29 2014, 8:44AM

    Sorry, UKIP.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 29 2014, 8:44AM

    Be careful what you wish for, UKIO will be targeting Gloucester next with some daft t**t. As for the crossing, be fair, if he'd made the first headline you lot would have jumped on him, now you're saying he's too late, yet this campaign's only been going a couple of weeks, with no meetings or decisions. As it is, he's wrong, it's either a shared space or a road.

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  • SandraPee  |  August 28 2014, 9:05PM

    I'm pleased Mr. Graham has now decided to change his mind about the need for a crossing . The electrics were supposedly left in place when the original crossing was taken away , just in case the shared space proved unsuccessful . Disability campaigners were pooh-poohed during the consultation meetings and told we were trying to highlight a problem which didn't exist ! It was obvious to many many people that there would indeed be difficulties and be unsafe for a lot of people .

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  • KeyBored  |  August 28 2014, 9:01PM

    Or even Johnnie Gone Soony

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  • Lecorche  |  August 28 2014, 8:34PM

    Dick should change his name. To Johnnie Come Lately.

    |   9
  • citizenmike  |  August 28 2014, 7:59PM

    It's only 251 days until the General Election...

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  August 28 2014, 5:32PM

    I was definitely and unequivocally undecided on the issue, but now I've seen which camp the dead man walking is ingratiating himself with, the right way must be the other way. Keep Dicky out.

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  • agent006  |  August 28 2014, 5:27PM

    Elections simply can't come soon enough.

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  • KeyBored  |  August 28 2014, 5:05PM

    Oh no... Dick Graham is jumping onto yet another popularist campaign.... He must think there is a vote in it somewhere for him.

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  • SELINA30  |  August 28 2014, 4:51PM

    Is Richard Graham for or against a statue of Parmjit Dhanda being situated in Kimbrose way over looking the docks?

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