The Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury is dangerous and something needs to be done before there is another accident. The crossing is situated at the bottom of Devizes Road (A360) and is just a short distance from the St Paul’s roundabout.
I cross the Devizes Road zebra crossing on a daily basis and it seems to me that drivers just don’t notice the crossing, or they notice it just in time to screech to a halt.
The Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury
The worst offenders are those who come up Devizes Road from the roundabout. The road curves around to the left and this leave little time for the drivers to notice people at the crossing.
If you look at the Google Maps picture below you will see what I mean. The map will enlarge if you click on it.
One theory is that they exit the roundabout and just put their foot as they make their way out of Salisbury. I also wonder whether the drivers coming down Devizes Road are concentrating more on the traffic ahead and that they are likely to have to stop at the traffic lights.
There have been several accidents at this crossing including a gentleman from the area who was knocked down by a foreign tourist in September of 2013.
There have been calls to relocate the Devizes Road zebra crossing further up the road but apparently the pavement is too narrow and the project would be very expensive. There were also plans for new signage and special Zebrite lighting which would illuminate the crossing. It now appears that only the new signs are to be installed.
Which ever way you look at it, the Devizes Road zebra crossing continues to be a dangerous crossing in my opinion. Hopefully no one else will be injured or worse !.