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Work starts on "dangerous" Guildford crossing

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Work starts on "dangerous" Guildford crossing

Published at 12:25pm 1st October 2018. (Updated at 1:59pm 2nd October 2018)

Work to make a busy junction in Guildford safer starts on Tuesday (October 2) following the death of two pedestrians in 2016.

Twelve thousand people signed a petition calling for improvements, after a Landrover Defender came off Bridge Street and careered into shoppers on the pavement on February 20 at around 1:30pm. 

A woman in her 30s was pronounced dead at the scene, a man in his 40s died days later of his injuries, and a third pedestrian, a woman in her 30s, suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 40s, was also taken to hospital at the time, and later released.

The incident led to renewed calls to improve safety in the area, including the petition.

Surrey County Council said analysis found there was an historic pattern of pedestrian casualties at the crossing points at the junction with Bridge Street and Onslow Street.

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Starting tomorrow, two raised tables are going to be installed at the crossing points to reduce speed, and reduce the risk and severity of collisions.

Bridge Street and Onslow Street will be closed during the works, separately, and at night, with diversions and temporary crossings in place.

There will be some lane closures during the day.

Work starts at the Friary crossing on Onslow Street and is expected to take up to four weeks.

The road closures will be in one direction at a time only, while the tables are built - from 8pm until 6am.

Construction will be phased in as follows:

Phase A - Central / Onslow Street crossing - starts October 2 for three days

Crossing closed 24 hrs

Lane closures on Onslow Street

Phase B - Onslow Street crossing - starts October 5 for three days

Crossing closed 24 hrs

Pavement closed from 8pm - 6am

Phase C - Speed table build in Onslow Street - Week commencing October 8 for three nights

Onslow Street closed 8pm until 6am during the work

Crossing will be closed 24 hours during the work

Phase D - Bridge Street crossing - starts October 16 for three days

Crossing and pavement closed 24 hrs

Lane closures on Bridge Street

Phase E - Central / Bridge Street crossing - starts October 19 for four days

Crossing and pavement closed 24 hrs

Lane closures on Bridge Street

Phase F - Speed table build in Bridge Street - week commencing October 22 for three nights

Bridge Street closed 8pm until 6am during the work

Crossing will be closed 24 hours during the work

Bridge Street/Onslow Street works

The one way access to Bedford Road via Leas Road and Mary Road will be reversed overnight during the Onslow Street northbound closure, during week four, for three nights.

Surrey County Council says alternative crossings and diversion routes will be in place.

Traffic marshals will also be on site to help pedestrians and deliveries within the works areas.

Bridge Street safety works

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