Kings Road may never get crossing

PUBLISHED: 08:04 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010

THE Highways Agency is to seek a meeting with the Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Chris Tratt, in a bid to reassure the community that work is progressing, behind the scenes, for a pedestrian crossing in Kings Road.

THE Highways Agency is to seek a meeting with the Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Chris Tratt, in a bid to reassure the community that work is progressing, behind the scenes, for a pedestrian crossing in Kings Road.A spokesman for the Highways Agency has assured the Herald that survey work along the A35 in Honiton will step up a gear this week.However, he could not promise that a pedestrian crossing will definitely be installed.A refuge in the road or even simple road markings could be alternatives, he said.The Highways Agency has until 2010 to provide a crossing or sanction the return of £10,000 to charity SeeAbility, which was forced to part with the cash as a planning condition for the development of Windmill Court.East Devon District Council is holding the cash until it is requested."Work is going on behind the scenes," said the spokesman."We have instructed our contractor, Connect, to look into the best place to put a crossing - whether in Kings Road or Monkton Road."The process is not just trying to find the best place. There are lots of considerations, such as traffic flow, safety and how well a crossing would be used."We are carrying out a 'desire line' survey -- to find out where people want a crossing."The spokesman pointed out the answer may not be a pedestrian crossing at all. "It may be a refuge or a case of markings on the road. There are alternatives," he said."We have got until 2010 and may then look at returning the money."Work carried out on behalf of the Highways Agency in Kings Road last week was just the start of a detailed survey, which the spokesman said would be more evident this week.

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