Consultation for puffin crossing in Westgate-on-Sea

Cllr Michael Payne

Plans for a new puffin crossing on Canterbury Road in Westgate go out to public consultation today (Tuesday).

Kent County Council is proposing to install the signalised crossing outside Ursuline College, widening the central reservation to create a staggered crossing.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “There is not currently a crossing outside the school and we believe this scheme will provide a safe and convenient crossing point for pedestrians and could encourage more students to walk to school.

“As part of our Active Travel Strategy, we want to make walking or cycling an attractive and realistic choice for short journeys.

“We’re proposing a staggered crossing, meaning pedestrians cross the road in two stages, to ensure traffic is stopped for the least amount of time.”

As part of the changes, vehicles would be restricted access to Hengist Road with vehicles only able to turn left into the road.

Locating the crossing on either side of Hengist Road was deemed unsafe as the slight hill means it would be hidden to approaching traffic.

A short section of the pavement at the bottom of Hengist Road could be widened to enable a shared footpath/cycleway to be put in.

Some additional double yellow lines will be needed to maintain clear sight lines in each direction.

The existing bus stop on the north side of the road would be moved slightly to provide more space for pedestrians to wait, away from the edge of the road and to ensure that stationary buses do not hide pedestrians crossing the road. A new shelter will be installed to provide additional benefits.

This scheme will cost approximately £200,000 and will be funded from KCC’s Local Transport Plan fund, which provides grants for schemes that help fulfil key transport priorities within the county.

To take part in the consultation, visit www.kent.gov.uk/canterburyrdpedcrossing

The closing date is midnight on Monday, August 3.

Consultation for puffin crossing in Westgate-on-Sea was last modified: June 25th, 2020 by Thom Morris