Plans to remove pedestrian crossing from outside Epsom station entrance

Surrey County Council's plans for the future of Station Approach, Epsom

Surrey County Council's plans for the future of Station Approach, Epsom

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Surrey County Council (SCC) is proposing to remove the pedestrian crossing outside Epsom station once the station development is completed. 

SCC’s highways engineers have consulted with councillors, taxi drivers, bus representatives, the police, train company Southern, and Epsom Council, to develop a new road layout for Station Approach.
 

The aim is to find a solution which best meet the needs of buses, taxis and loading facilities for businesses and residents.

SCC is proposing to remove the pedestrian crossing outside the station entrance and close the gap in the central reserve - with the extra space being used to create space for buses and taxis outside the station entrance.

The plans include space for three taxi ranks - one directly outside the station entrance and two across the road.

Black-cab drivers contacted the Epsom Guardian two weeks ago demanding SCC listen to their claims that the current location of their taxi rank - just up the road across from the station entrance - is costing them a fortune. 

They were concerned about plans to keep the rank in the same position, with SCC only offering spaces for three cabs directly ouside the station entrance, and had started a petition against this.

SCC's proposals also provide space for loading facilities outside the new shops in the station, and would see the existing crossing at the junction of Waterloo Road widened and improved.

To comment on the proposals, by March 4, email highways@surreycc.gov.uk, write to: SCC Highways, Rowan House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ, or call 0300 200 1003.

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Are you in favour of removing the pedestrian crossing? Leave a comment below.

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1:41pm Tue 26 Feb 13

epsom1975 says...

No drop off/pick up point? That's going to cause problems.....
No drop off/pick up point? That's going to cause problems..... epsom1975
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11:00pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Jmb Taxis says...

In my opinion yes the crossing needs to be removed.Firstly because I have seen a number of near misses involving pedestrians and motorists stopping on the crossing to pick up.The Waterloo Rd crossing would be ok if improved.Dont forget the Buses serving the old Hospital sites will be back stopping at the Stn so access to Stn Way will not be so important.
In my opinion yes the crossing needs to be removed.Firstly because I have seen a number of near misses involving pedestrians and motorists stopping on the crossing to pick up.The Waterloo Rd crossing would be ok if improved.Dont forget the Buses serving the old Hospital sites will be back stopping at the Stn so access to Stn Way will not be so important. Jmb Taxis
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10:17am Wed 27 Feb 13

Angela M says...

So hundreds of people would have to use the same pavement on the station side, bumping into people exiting the shops and cyclists leaving the cycle store, as well as being forced to walk past the row of smokers who seem to gather along the front of the Travelodge? Terrible idea!

Any near-misses from people being dropped off at the crossing would suggest that we need a proper drop-off point - not that the crossing should be removed! More useful than yet another taxi rank.

I also feel sorry for residents of Horsely Close who have had to put up with their road being a short-stay car park during this station debacle.
So hundreds of people would have to use the same pavement on the station side, bumping into people exiting the shops and cyclists leaving the cycle store, as well as being forced to walk past the row of smokers who seem to gather along the front of the Travelodge? Terrible idea! Any near-misses from people being dropped off at the crossing would suggest that we need a proper drop-off point - not that the crossing should be removed! More useful than yet another taxi rank. I also feel sorry for residents of Horsely Close who have had to put up with their road being a short-stay car park during this station debacle. Angela M
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10:32pm Wed 27 Feb 13

chriswp says...

Shut the station to passengers as they're safety is going to be such a nuisance.

Problem solved.
Shut the station to passengers as they're safety is going to be such a nuisance. Problem solved. chriswp
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11:18am Thu 28 Feb 13

sfocata says...

Er... isn't the road outside a railway station quite a good place for a crossing?
Er... isn't the road outside a railway station quite a good place for a crossing? sfocata
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12:28pm Fri 1 Mar 13

chriswp says...

With all the so called planning that went into the building of the new station and surrounding flats, it's only now there is a "problem with the road outside".

Bolted horse and stable door comes to mind?
With all the so called planning that went into the building of the new station and surrounding flats, it's only now there is a "problem with the road outside". Bolted horse and stable door comes to mind? chriswp
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11:45pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Jmb Taxis says...

Hi,Epsom Stn is a transport hub for the town so it is quite correct Buses and Taxis can be accessed by the Travelling Public.Also wheelchair users/disabled etc to be able to get a Taxi without having to climb a hill to do so.The same also applies to Buses with the addition of a ramp and a dark alley way.With regard to the cycle store I understand this is not the final location.Can the lay by outside the Travel Lodge not be used as a pick up drop off point.So as long as the Waterloo Rd crossing is improved I think it is the best that can be done.And yes I feel for residents of Horsley Close as they have got a bad deal in my opinion.
Hi,Epsom Stn is a transport hub for the town so it is quite correct Buses and Taxis can be accessed by the Travelling Public.Also wheelchair users/disabled etc to be able to get a Taxi without having to climb a hill to do so.The same also applies to Buses with the addition of a ramp and a dark alley way.With regard to the cycle store I understand this is not the final location.Can the lay by outside the Travel Lodge not be used as a pick up drop off point.So as long as the Waterloo Rd crossing is improved I think it is the best that can be done.And yes I feel for residents of Horsley Close as they have got a bad deal in my opinion. Jmb Taxis
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12:07am Wed 27 Mar 13

ianborn1973 says...

SCC have engineers, thats got to be a first? Are they qualified? Much of the gridlock and traffic problems are caused by their incompetance.

Dont worry though we'll soon have yet another Tesco's!!!
SCC have engineers, thats got to be a first? Are they qualified? Much of the gridlock and traffic problems are caused by their incompetance. Dont worry though we'll soon have yet another Tesco's!!! ianborn1973
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