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Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste - Meg Booth
Installation of a Puffin Pedestrian Crossing across the A386 at Kelly College, Tavistock
In consultation with the Local Member Cllr Sellis and having advertised the proposal without objection, to approve construction of the crossing.
Having constructed an Olympic Size Swimming Pool with 2012 Olympic Legacy Funding, Mount Kelly School have made the case that crossing the A386 at this location which now involves not only pupils using the Playing Fields but in addition pupils from the now amalgamated Mount School as well as members of the public and guests of the College using the Car Park and crossing the road to use what is now a swimming facility of Regional Importance.
The crossing will cost £70,000 to design and construct but this cost is being funded by the school. In addition, a £13,000 commuted sum has also been secured for ongoing maintenance. The funding has been secured via an agreement under S278 of the Highways Act 1980
The following factors have been considered before recommending that the scheme is constructed.
• The likelihood of both currently suppressed and future demand to cross at this location.
• Increasing Traffic Volumes in the area
• Community Severance
• A feasibility design which indicates that such a crossing could be designed, constructed and operate safely
• No objections received from the public when the proposal was advertised under Section 23 of the road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
• No costs to accrue to DCC for the design and construction of the crossing and an adequate commuted sum for maintenance being in place
Estimated volume of Pedestrians crossing the road at 2040 per day with 4 peak hours estimated to be 250 per hour. Est Pv² 0.70
Vehicle Volumes on the A386
531 per hour (Feb 2017 figures)
Vehicle Speeds on the A386
85th%ile speeds approx. 37mph
A pedestrian Refuge was considered as an alternative but discounted as the existing road width is insufficient to accommodate a refuge without widening the road. As the level of the road is above the land to the south and is bounded by a water course to the north, both the costs and disruption involved in widening the road would be significant.
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