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Request to remove the Zebra crossing on Main Street Pannal
Request to remove the Zebra crossing on Main Street Pannal and replace it with a Pelican or Puffin crossing in a safer, suitable location between the existing crossing and Rosedale.
Received by NYCC 25 January 2011
A site visit by officers from North Yorkshire County Council took place on Wednesday 15 December 2010 at the end of the school day when parents and children were leaving the school premises to go home. Officers looked at the road layout, the physical restrictions and the locations at which children and parents crossed Main Street. Officers also looked at the 'mitigating' measures that were installed to offset against the close proximity of the zebra to the bend near Crimple Meadows.
Although it is acknowledged that the zebra crossing is not sited in the ideal location due to the limited visibility to the south when pedestrians cross from the cottages towards the school, the facility does still provide an acceptable level of safety when crossing from east to west (from the school to the cottages) and when crossing with care in the other direction. Many parents continue to use the zebra crossing despite there being a small pedestrian refuge to the south of the zebra at Crimple Meadows which affords superior visibility and at the former crossing patrol site near Pannal Green.
Originally, there was stiff opposition from residents to the siting of a zebra crossing at the aforementioned site near the junction with Pannal Green and at the second favoured site half way between Pannal Green and Rosedale. Mitigating measures were therefore installed in advance of the existing zebra crossing including an additional speed hump and enhanced traffic signing together with the introduction of the reduced speed limit of 20 mph.
The personal injury collision history for Main Street has been investigated to assess whether there has been a pattern of collisions in the locality. The historical data identified that there had been no other collisions resulting in personal injury along Main Street in the last 10 years. Furthermore, North Yorkshire Police have now provided their report on the recent collision you highlighted and have indicated that the collision details were a result of ' child crossing road on zebra crossing towards school, runs ahead of parent as vehicle travelling south on main street fails to see child on crossing and drives into crossing slowly. Child runs into side of car. Vehicle stops following collision and offers details to child's father, but in confusion details are not obtained.' The possible causation factor listed by the Police has been recorded as 'failure to look properly'.
As a result of our investigations and having considered the collision history, including the incident in November 2010, we intend to keep the zebra crossing in its current position. Nevertheless, the site will continue to be monitored and should it raise further concerns in the future then this position may have to be reconsidered.