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Raised crossing in earl street

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Goldstyle Limousines, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Goldstyle Limousines

    Goldstyle Limousines Active Member

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    Ok so what's with the new high raised pedestrian crossing near the college. Followed a bus down which only just got over it at a crawl, luckly I was in the 4x4 and not the limo.
     
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  3. wildwood

    wildwood Well-Known Forumite

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    I assume only temporary while works are going on at the new college development?
     
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    Goldstyle Limousines Active Member

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    No this is in earl street and looks perminant to me
     
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    There is indeed a new zebra crossing there. I presume it is a new safety measure, as the kids would just walk across the road there before without a safeish way to cross.
     
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    Sounds like accelerated natural selection to me - I'm all for it.
     
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    I assume the new Zebra crossing has been placed next to the college for the following reasons:-

    - impending floods this winter, hence the height will allow the students to safely cross the flooded road
    - several more will appear around the town centre and Stafford will hold a national BMX championship.
    - students are going to launch human powered fling machines off them

    Anyway what ever muggle put them there needs a gold medal for pure stupidity
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    It is, indeed, a monster amongst humps..

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    Sweet, foot to the floor get some air
     
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    henryscat Well-Known Forumite

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    Very few cars need to be on Earl Street. Feel sorry for bus passengers if the drivers don't take it carefully but otherwise don't see the problem with it. Just go slowly.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Plenty of cars need access up there, not least those carrying the disabled in order to park closer to some shops. There is right of way to all vehicles, irrespective of your OPINION that they do not need to be there.

    Travelling slowly over the hump is obviously the sensible way to go, but anyone driving a car with a lengthy wheelbase (not to mention any limo drivers) or at a lower ride height than the average is going to really struggle.

    I can only presume that the height of the hump is so that wheelchair bound users can get across the road to and from the college at a level height.
     
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    henryscat Well-Known Forumite

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    In the scale of things it isn't many cars that need to drive along there.

    There is indeed a right of way to all vehicles, but as with a number of roads there will be ones choosing to go along there rather than having to.

    This is the key point - and one of the reasons for having a humped crossing.

    Well, low floor buses (as Gramaisc's pic shows) with a longer wheelbase than any car are negotiating it OK, and being low floor they have pretty limited ground clearance. Limos I don't give a stuff about as they are generally of dubious legality.

    I guess they are easier to negotiate than dropped kerbs, but also the hump should make cars more inclined to stop.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    One would hope so.
     
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    Seems to be a lot of thought going into this one - that picture simply tells me they've put it close to the college exit doors on one side and the back of guildhall and bus stops on the other.
    Aint no big mystery!
     
  15. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Its a tomb
     
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    joshua Well-Known Forumite

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    The Marwood sarcophagus
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    that's easy for you to say
     
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    Now we know why there are so many speed humps in town
     
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    I gather that the raised element of the crossing is to bring it up level with the pavement and allow wheelchair crossing. Once that had been explained, I could see what they mean - otherwise it is quite a distance from the bus stop before there is any possibility of crossing with a wheelchair. Apparently the new bit it is the same height as the hump earlier on in the road but, obviously, wider, which makes it more of an obstacle.
     
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    That was the one I was on about - I passed it a couple of weeks ago and looked very work in progress / temporary. Been past again today and yes it looks pretty permanent - and hoooge!
     
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    Did you have to go past it or did just you choose to?
     
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