PEDESTRIANS are putting themselves in danger at a “death trap” junction in Gloucester city centre, according to the manager of a taxi rank.
Hussain Vorajee said people don’t know when to stop when crossing a pedestrianised and traffic-shared space on Commercial Road
He said pedestrians assume that cars will stop to let them across between the bottom of Southgate Street and the Docks, which makes the junction “very, very dangerous”.
The shared space on Commercial Road was introduced in 2011 and has a speed limit of 20mph.
Since the shared space was introduced, there have been two collisions, one of them serious, on the stretch of road, according to Crashmap.co.uk
Hussain, who is to manage City Cars on Eastgate Street, said a pelican crossing on the street would help to alleviate the problem.
He said: “I would call this area of road a death trap. I pass there 15 to 20 times per day and I see safety issues there all the time.
“It’s a very, very dangerous area, especially in working hours between 9am and 7pm.
“Cars are just stopping because they have to, because pedestrians, often with young children, are telling them to stop.”
Businesses in the area have also highlighted the junction as having safety problems.
Brian Crosby, owner of Cornerhouse Art on Commercial Road, said: “The road does get quite busy, especially in rush hour, and people don’t seem to understand how shared pedestrianised areas of major roads works. This makes it a dangerous road.”
An employee of Gloucester Furniture Exhibition Centre, said: “The etiquette on the road is a problem and people are going beyond the point where they treat it like a road.
“The 20mph speed limit helps but there is still a problem on the street. When I first came here I thought the whole area should have been completely pedestrianised due to the amount of people walking around.”
Jason Humm, area highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “There have been no accidents on this section of Southgate Street since the shared space scheme was created and we know that road users are sticking to the 20mph speed limit which was introduced in 2011.
“We are of course happy to talk to Mr Vorajee and discuss any issues that he may have.”