Saving "Lollipop" crossing in north Chelmsford

February 28, 2014 12:17 PM

Essex County Council are today (Friday 28th) removing the 'Lollipop' crossing in Copperfield Road near Morrisons.

Said local councillor Stephen Robinson, "ECC say that it is not a busy enough road to justify a patrol. But it's going to get a lot worse when the new houses are built!"

If you object, please sign the petition at http://signme.org.uk/924. More importantly, please send the link to all your local friends and ask them to sign as well.

Why have they removed the patrol?

In short, their survey showed not enough cars and/or children crossing. They use a formula which has to produce a number greater than 4 million, as follows.

In a 30 minute period, cars squared (i.e. 272 x 272) x 33 children crossing = 2,441,472. They then added an allowance for it being on a main road near to a side road, to take the figure up to 2,954,181.

So had there been just 15 extra children (48 not 33) crossing the road, their target would have been met.

Speed factor?

Cllr Robinson has put in a formal request to the Chelmsford Highways Panel for a traffic survey, to establish whether traffic speeds in Copperfield Road are higher than at similar sites.