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Wednesday, 03 January 2007
Accident on the A25

Road Accident in Oxted

At this spot a few hours ago a pedestrian was knocked down by a car while crossing the road. There is a subway a hundred or so metres away, but people often don’t use it. Unfortunately this is where the speed limit drops from 50mph to 40mph although motor vehicles also tend to ignore the speed limit at this spot.  It is a fairly busy intersection but, because it is in a dip between two hills, cars and trucks tend to speed up in order to keep their momentum for the upcoming hill.

I have been thinking for some time that the speed should be reduced here to 30 mph, not just for safety but because:

The Surrey Green Party Manifesto calls for speed limits to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph in residential and shopping areas and by schools.  In principle I support this. In addition, reducing the speed of the A25 from 40 to 30 mph as it goes through Oxted won’t ensure that drivers always keep below this limit, but it will slow them down and improve safety (and noise levels).

In the photograph the police have completely blocked off the road to traffic and are diverting this through Oxted via Church Lane. Click here for different perspective of the police roadblock. 

I should also state that the police did not co-operate fully with my enquiries. One of the officers did explain to me that a pedestrian had been knocked down and assured me that he would ensure that my concerns were conveyed with the report on the accident to the committee that reviews road safety (and decides for example on speed cameras). He also assured me that they expect the pedestrian to survive. However two of the officers (in the car on the right) were engrossed in their paperwork and refused to answer my questions.  I recognised one of them from a previous encounter in which she was equally unco-operative with my enquiries.

Posted by bigblue on 03/01/2007 at 07:02 PM
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