Grey Street is dangerous

We really do agree with this question about Grey Street.

Written Question to Councillor Murison, (WRITTEN 1) Cabinet Member for Quality of Life from Councillor Henry Gallagher

Page 48 of the 1Plan states:
“Too many streets and spaces are dominated by cars and buses – even Grey Street is invaded by traffic.”

It further states on page 78:
“We need to establish principles for access and parking in the urban core, based on a ring of car parks and an effective traffic management regime. This will reduce the amount of traffic and enable the progressive removal of parked cars from Grey Street and elsewhere.”

Bearing in mind that Grey Street is popular with both pedestrians and cyclists there is a constant danger caused by drivers pulling out blindly from the perpendicular spaces. What progress has been made in progressing the 1Plan’s aims of a “ring of car parks”, and when is the parking on Grey Street planned to be removed?

We do not so much agree with the evasive answer given.

Written response from Councillor Murison, Cabinet Member for Quality of Life

The last administration it would seem made a commitment here which it failed to deliver on.

We will be taking a comprehensive approach to making the city safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and a ring of car parks, already in part in place, will play a part of this approach. Timescales for measures will be announced in a comprehensive, not piecemeal manner, to maximise public involvement and allow for a full, rather than truncated, debate.

Specific reference to a network of high quality pedestrian routes in the urban core is made within the Urban Core Area Action Plan (part of the Local Development Framework to be consulted upon later in the summer). So too is the desire to reduce unnecessary cross-city centre private car traffic movements – while still enabling access to shops and services. Furthermore,
this document will also outline the necessity of transport assessments for significant developments. By assessing the impact of developments on the transport network we will enable
the Council to work with partners (from the public and private sector) to address the need for more car parking in areas of the city where the need may arise. This may also open up opportunities for funding packages between the public and private sector that could help fund the completion of a ‘ring’ of car parks.

In relation to Grey Street it is also important to recognise that there is a difference between perception of danger and reported accidents caused by vehicles reversing out of parking places. Having received an overview of all reported accidents on Grey Street over the last six years (five accidents in total); this has not been stated as a reason (or contributing factor) for any accident involving a pedestrian or cyclist. The only accident that did reference parking was in 2007 and involved a car reversing at the same time as an other car was being parked next to it.

Analysis

We hear that more people have to get hurt before our council will take action. That is shameful as Grey Street is currently a barrier to cycling: close passes and drivers pulling dangerously out of the parking bays, all make for an environment with very limited safety control for walking and cycling. That’s in addition to the speed limit which is a hostile 30mph. Where is that City of Twenty? Timescales for improvements are not given. The party bashing was unnecessary too. We’ll keep a watchful eye on the situation.

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1Plan link here

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