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Pedestrian crossing markings badly faded. Also zig zags badly faded.

Reported in the Road Markings - Worn/Faded category by PCSO Dave Bryan at 18:54, Sat 2 November 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways 1 minute later. ref: 1829161.

1) Zebra crossing rectangles underfoot are virtually non existent. Cars are failing to stop at this crossing.

2) Faded zig zags encouraging people to park where it is unsafe to do so

3) need bollard stop pavement parking at the crossing next to the co-op wall. Drivers actually drive up the crossing drop kerb onto the pavement to park for the chip shop, even though it is 10 metres away from a free car park.

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    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:55, Sat 2 November 2019

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    Posted anonymously at 13:20, Sun 3 November 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. The faded road markings at this location have been added to our forward maintenance programme for the lines to be refurbished. Regarding the installation of a bollard, to prevent inappropriate parking. Unfortunately Northamptonshire County Council no longer considers installing such measures at wooden posts, bollards or barriers to prevent parking to be a priority. If drivers are willfully and dangerously using the pedestrian crossing to park on the footway, then Section 191 of the Highway Code states that drivers MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines. If a member of the public is concerned about motorists parking a vehicle inappropriately where it is deemed not possible for drivers to safely manoeuvre, pedestrians, pram-pushers, wheelchair users and cyclists to pass unhindered at a pedestrian crossing, along the shared footway or that access to public or private property is impeded, then we would advise that this should be reported to Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Community Team on 101 or via their website. If you feel that the safety of pedestrians and other road users may be compromised by vehicles parking inappropriately next to a pedestrian crossing, half-on/half-off the public highway and even fully across the footway, then we normally would suggest that you may wish to investigate the registration details of the vehicle in order to inform the owners first and explain the concern that their parking is causing. However, if this suggestion proves to be ineffective and parking issues continue at this location, then an option could be that Northamptonshire Police may wish to issue fines for a potential dangerous parking violation.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 15:10, Wed 6 November 2019

  • This crossing is dangerous to use as it is virtually invisible to motorists. There needs to be an urgent assessment of the road markings throughout the town as there are a number of junctions where the markings are no longer present. As weather conditions deteriorate then there will be an increased risk of vehicles missing give way junctions and colliding with oncoming road users.

    Posted anonymously at 12:07, Tue 19 November 2019

  • Recently I was crossing this zebra crossing when I had to get out of the way of a car that could not see me due to the parking of other vehicles on the zig zags. The driver was very apologetic but it was clear to me that he simply could not see me, that is why I moved so quickly, thankfully I could this, others may not be able to. This is a very dangerous situation that could be helped hugely by repainting the road markings.

    Posted anonymously at 13:49, Sat 22 February 2020

  • Someone is going to die on this crossing. Get it fixed before someone does. It's an utter disgrace that you've ignored this critical safety issue for so long, you should be ashamed of yourselves. GET IT DONE!

    Posted anonymously at 22:01, Tue 10 March 2020

  • In November when the local PCSO raised this as an issue, the comment by the County Council was that it would be addressed as part of the maintenance programme. A number of junctions have been repainted very recently (John Street and also Green Lane) and the traffic light crossing has been refurbished. So why wasn’t this done at the same time? Surely that would be the more cost effective approach. Like others, I was using this crossing when a car failed to stop. Any prosecution of drivers parking on the crossing would surely fail as the defence would be that the county council had failed in its obligation to maintain the crossing and ensure its visibility.

    Posted anonymously at 22:39, Tue 10 March 2020

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