Mums successfully campaign for zebra crossing in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 13:42 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:58 19 September 2016

Bonnie Chrysanthou and Angela Malone   Picture: Claire Silver

Bonnie Chrysanthou and Angela Malone Picture: Claire Silver


Two mums have successfully campaigned to have a zebra crossing installed on a “dangerous” road in Welwyn Garden City.

Grant Shapps, Zak The Zebra, parents and children by Valley RoadGrant Shapps, Zak The Zebra, parents and children by Valley Road

Bonnie Chrysanthou and Angela Malone started the petition for a pedestrian crossing on Valley Road in February, as they were concerned about speeding cars endangering Applecroft School pupils and their parents.

The petition, which was signed by MP Grant Shapps, reached over 600 signatures, and prompted Hertfordshire County Council to carry out surveys into traffic speed and pedestrian crossing locations.

The surveys revealed that the junction of Valley Road with High Oaks Road and Youngs Rise had the highest number of pedestrian crossing movements, and vehicle speeds were in excess of 30mph.

Bonnie, 39, who has two daughters aged six and three, said: “Local families have told us they are absolutely thrilled that they will no longer struggle to cross Valley Road safely.

Valley RoadValley Road

“We have been overwhelmed with messages of support for the zebra crossing and people are relieved knowing their children will no longer face a constant stream of traffic.

“Grandparents often walk their grandchildren to school and we have been contacted by many who are glad that crossing will be less stressful this winter.

“When we initially asked residents to share their experiences of crossing, we were shocked by how many near misses there have been.

“Having a safe place to cross will make an enormous difference to vulnerable pedestrians and we are immensely grateful to Herts County Council for listening to our concerns.”

The council plans to introduce a zebra crossing to the south west of the junction with High Oaks Road and Youngs Rise, a road hump and dropped kerb to reduce speed near the junction of Valley Road with Applecroft Road, speed cushions, a speed indicator device, upgraded street lighting and a relocated entrance to the 30mph speed limit.

They also propose to narrow the carriageway at the junction of Bridge Road with Valley Road, and to create a 40mph buffer zone in Valley Road and on the roundabouts associated with A1(M) junction 5, to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds.

Construction is due to take place from Monday, September 26 to Wednesday, October 26.

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