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.
“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’.