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East avenue / Wheatley avenue

Reported via iOS in the Pedestrian Barriers - Damaged / Missing category anonymously at 20:23, Monday 1 March 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2580632.

There is a walk way between east ave and Wheatley ave which used to have a barrier on the east avenue side which is now missing. People ride bikes very fast from Wheatley ave down to east avenue and there is nothing to slow them down. It won’t be long before someone gets knocked over and injured. Can the barrier be replaced ASAP before someone is injured

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 20:23, Monday 1 March 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. This site has been visited by our Community Steward. This barrier was removed because it was preventing the safe access and egress of mobility scooters ,wheelchairs and push chairs. Unfortunately the walk way is to narrow to install new barriers and would only cause obstruction to the above mentioned. Highways to monitor.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:31, Tuesday 9 March 2021

  • Thanks for the information mentioned above

    The barrier was not removed for your reasons mentioned as it had rusted at the base in which a local resident moved it to the side for safety until it was collected.

    The safety barrier has been there for 40+ years and has not caused any problems as far as I am aware. Can you please send the name of the person in authority who authorised it not to be replaced so when (not if) someone is injured due to people on bikes racing through the alleyway I know who to contact

    Posted anonymously at 10:50, Tuesday 9 March 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 10:51, Tuesday 9 March 2021

  • Thank you for your further comments. The barrier may have been removed for maintenance reasons due to age, but we would no longer install (or replace) a barrier within an alleyway of this width because this would cause an obstruction for potential users in wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc. Use of these new modes of transport have increased greatly in the last 40+ years mentioned, and so current policies have to take account of these users. It is also illegal to cycle along the pavement, and we do not (cannot) install barriers to physically prevent cyclists from doing this. Issues of anti-social behaviour or reckless cycling would be a matter for the police, and ultimately liability for would lie with the individual cyclists who do not behave with consideration for other road users. As an alternative, in some situations we may sometimes consider installing a barrier opposite the end of the alleyway, if this would still allow access for all other users. However in this case the two adjacent properties have driveways and such a barrier would prevent them from using their drives. It also looks likely that the path is not wide enough in this situation, and even this type of barrier would stop mobility scooters from being able to enter/exit the alleyway. I am sorry that we cannot provide a satisfactory outcome in this case, but I hope that the information above explains why. If you have any further query or comment please email this to who will arrange for the appropriate person to respond to you.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:24, Wednesday 10 March 2021

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