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YouTube video evidence ups the pressure for Fordingbridge traffic controls
FOOTAGE from a Forest Journal reader of a bus mounting the kerb to avoid a delivery lorry has been posted on You Tube, highlighting the dangers that drivers and pedestrians face every day in Fordingbridge High Street.
A governor of Fordingbridge Junior School, Mark Davison, downloaded the CCTV footage from his van, which showed the Wilts and Dorset bus mounting the narrow kerb opposite Tesco Express to avoid a parked delivery lorry.
It is clear from the film that the bus driver had no choice but to mount the kerb.
Mr Davison said: “Fordingbridge is a lovely place to live, but we have got serious problems along the High Street. We need a long-term solution, not just coping mechanisms.
“If we don’t do something then it will only ever be like sticking a plaster over a potentially major wound.
“With a housing development planned it would be a good opportunity to look seriously at our road infrastructure.”
The video post came 48 hours after hopes of a bypass through Whitsbury were dashed when New Forest District Council’s chairman of the transport community action network, Nick Hunt, told town councillors there was no money for a new road.
Mayor of Fordingbridge Malcolm Connolly said: “We have to try and do something with the existing infrastructure to make pedestrians safe.
“We cannot accept what is happening on the High Street. There is a danger to life and we have to do something about it. We will take action and until then we will be holding monthly meetings to tackle the crisis.”
The campaign has heated up following our report about a woman who was hit on the head by a lorry’s wing mirror as she walked along the High Street.
Since then many people have come forward with their tales of near misses.
A Wilts & Dorset bus company spokesman said: “Unfortunately this is a situation faced by many bus companies across the country.
“It is testimony to the skills of the bus drivers that they are able to run to timetable while putting the safety of the passengers and other road users first.”
Reader Robin Brand of Park Road said: “When I attended a Local Development Strategy public consultation in 2011, one of my suggestions was a bypass to the north of the town, linked to the A338.
“However I was told by the official in attendance ‘oh no, we couldn't include that, it would be too expensive’.
“It seems wrong to me that such suggestions should be apparently rejected out of hand by those administering the process, without due consideration being carried out.
“Surely a strategic plan is just that, an aspiration.
“Who knows what we might be able to afford or what budgets will be available in a few years’ time?”
No one from the district council was available to comment as the Journal went to press.
Anyone who would like to report road incidents in Fordingbridge can email email@example.com or call 01425 654134.
To view the CCTV footage go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=krEG1AUHRcw
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