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Improvements for pedestrians on Northcroft Lane

Due to concerns expressed by local residents, West Berks Council are looking at ways in which pedestrian facilities can be improved on Northcroft Lane, Newbury.

Currently, many pedestrians walk on the road, rather than on the available footpath on the north side of the road, and can often come into conflict with vehicles. This appears to be because the existing footpath is particularly narrow, 1.2 metres, making it difficult for pushchair and wheelchair users to use safely, or for two people to comfortably walk side by side.

Many pedestrians are also walking along the footpath on the south side of the road, but when this footpath ends, they carry on walking in the road, rather than crossing over to use the footpath on the north side.

There is not enough space for a new footpath to be built on the south side of the road, but it is possible to widen the existing footpath, west of the West Street junction.

This would result in a section of the road being reduced down to a single lane with priority give ways markings, and the removal of two parking spaces. In addition, it is possible to install new dropped kerbs at the side roads to make it easier for pedestrians to use the footpath rather than the road.

Have your say on this proposal on the Council's website.

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