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Footpath under 1m

Reported via desktop in the Obstruction (Not Vegetation) category by Jonathan Partridge at 13:09, Sunday 12 September 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2995583.

As a resident of Desborough for over 20 years the constant problem facing Pedestrians, Wheelchair and Mobility Aid users on the junction of Station Road and High Street Desborough, is causing daily problems often forcing the aforementioned out into the carriageway, which is in itself a pinch point of 4.5m on a blind junction that is poorly marked. The footpath on the lead in too said junction is in numerous places no greater in width than 0.80m which is in itself 20% under the minimum requirement for pedestrians. With the number of mobility scooters and pushchairs using this as a main route through Desborough, alongside normal foot traffic it is long overdue this matter being reviewed from a point of safety. I have submitted in addition to this report one pertaining to the continued issues for traffic on this junction where HGV's alongside Cars are frequently seen mounting the already narrow footpath so as to navigate the corner. I would be extremely grateful if this could be looked at as a matter of urgency before a serious accident occurs.

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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 13:10, Sunday 12 September 2021

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire Highways with regard to issues with the footway widths and access at the High Street / Station Road junction, Desborough. The existing arrangement is dictated by the historic layout of the adjacent buildings, which with the need to retain two way traffic working results in very narrow paths and carriageway widths and it has been like this for many years. There are many footways in older parts of towns and villages throughout the county that are significantly below current standards and these often it is physically impossible to bring these up to modern standards due to the historical confines of the area. The only way the footway width could be increased would be to narrow a section of Station Road down to single carriageway working. Due to restricted visibility for traffic entering from High Street into Station Road this could not be done as a priority working with traffic in one direction giving way to opposing traffic. The only way this could be resolved would have to be a one way system along Station Road however this would have implications on many other routes around the Town centre and hinder easy access for many local residents. Unfortunately the existing infrastructure dictates the current arrangements and there are no proposals, or funding available, to undertake such a one-way system in the foreseeable future.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:39, Friday 17 September 2021

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:40, Friday 17 September 2021

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