UPDATED 10AM: Crash closes Colchester's Avenue of Remembrance

Crash closes Colchester's Avenue of Remembrance

Crash closes Colchester's Avenue of Remembrance

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A PEDESTRIAN has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car on a main route into Colchester town centre.

The Avenue of Remembrance was closed in both directions between Spring Lane roundabout and Westway following the accident.

A 47-year-old man from Clacton was hit by a car at around 6.30am as he was attempting to cross the road at the crossing near St Helena School.

He was taken by ambulance to Colchester General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening head injuries.

A police spokesman said: "He was struck by a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso at 6.30am.

"Hospital staff are assessing his condition.

"The car driver, a 56-year-old man from Colchester, is uninjured.

"The Avenue of Remembrance has been closed while road police officers continue with their forensic collision inquiries."

It is understood the traffic lights have not been working for several days.

The road was reopened at 9.50am.

Anyone with information about the crash should call PC Mark Hercules at the Stanway traffic unit on 101.

See Monday's Gazette for the full report.

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8:36am Fri 7 Mar 14

Brooks Forbutox says...

Essex County Council Highways should hang their heads in shame over this. It's been an incident waiting to happen. It's also a check to our driving culture: in northern Europe, drivers would have seen the lights were out, slowed right down and given way. Sorry, ECC, I forgot: you only care about cars and congestion.
Essex County Council Highways should hang their heads in shame over this. It's been an incident waiting to happen. It's also a check to our driving culture: in northern Europe, drivers would have seen the lights were out, slowed right down and given way. Sorry, ECC, I forgot: you only care about cars and congestion. Brooks Forbutox
  • Score: 30

8:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

co2 says...

firstly i hope the man is ok,but yet again more incompetance from ecc
firstly i hope the man is ok,but yet again more incompetance from ecc co2
  • Score: 23

8:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

thompaj says...

I use that crossing every day and it has been out of operation all this week. Sadly it was an accident waiting to happen. Signs had been put up so its clear that the authorities were aware of the problem but why had it not been fixed as a top priority?
Its the only safe crossing point on The Ave of Remembrance and is used by lots of pupils at St Helena & Colchester Institute plus many rail commuters like me.
I hope the crash victim makes a full recovery and the authorities (Essex CC or Highways Agency?) learn from this terrible incident.
I use that crossing every day and it has been out of operation all this week. Sadly it was an accident waiting to happen. Signs had been put up so its clear that the authorities were aware of the problem but why had it not been fixed as a top priority? Its the only safe crossing point on The Ave of Remembrance and is used by lots of pupils at St Helena & Colchester Institute plus many rail commuters like me. I hope the crash victim makes a full recovery and the authorities (Essex CC or Highways Agency?) learn from this terrible incident. thompaj
  • Score: 31

9:13am Fri 7 Mar 14

wormshero says...

I agree with the above, it's been known about since last Friday with signs up, and yet not been treated as a priority. School children use that crossing everyday and it's a miracle no one's been killed by it. I can't believe they're reopening the road though...it's closed, now is the time to get some emergency repairs done before this happens again. The street lights are out too making it horrendous at night. Something needs to be done about this today, not however long later. I hope the victim makes a full recovery.
I agree with the above, it's been known about since last Friday with signs up, and yet not been treated as a priority. School children use that crossing everyday and it's a miracle no one's been killed by it. I can't believe they're reopening the road though...it's closed, now is the time to get some emergency repairs done before this happens again. The street lights are out too making it horrendous at night. Something needs to be done about this today, not however long later. I hope the victim makes a full recovery. wormshero
  • Score: 25

9:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

cynicalsubber says...

The only thing that surprises me about this accident is that it was an adult hit, rather than one of the children or teenagers from St Helena's and the Institute. When I saw the lights not working, I assumed it would be fixed the same day. Instead it has been left for the best part of a week, with the inevitable outcome.
The only thing that surprises me about this accident is that it was an adult hit, rather than one of the children or teenagers from St Helena's and the Institute. When I saw the lights not working, I assumed it would be fixed the same day. Instead it has been left for the best part of a week, with the inevitable outcome. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 17

9:30am Fri 7 Mar 14

WitchofColchester says...

Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful. WitchofColchester
  • Score: 5

9:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

gizabreak says...

Oh another accident outside another school. And these both had crossings on them....I am so sick of fighting ECC to install some ,any kind of crossing on Brinkley for the Gilberd school kids This is disgraceful how they treat the safety of the children in Colchester. Just a shame that this gentleman got injured Hope he will be okay. Cars and traffic flow top of the agenda.......kids safety way down that list.
Oh another accident outside another school. And these both had crossings on them....I am so sick of fighting ECC to install some ,any kind of crossing on Brinkley for the Gilberd school kids This is disgraceful how they treat the safety of the children in Colchester. Just a shame that this gentleman got injured Hope he will be okay. Cars and traffic flow top of the agenda.......kids safety way down that list. gizabreak
  • Score: 11

9:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

talllboy says...

I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing.

Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery.
I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing. Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery. talllboy
  • Score: 7

9:57am Fri 7 Mar 14

Citizen 139 says...

talllboy wrote:
I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing.

Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery.
The sun rises in the east so was behind the car.
[quote][p][bold]talllboy[/bold] wrote: I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing. Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]The sun rises in the east so was behind the car. Citizen 139
  • Score: -20

10:08am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Sorry if the car was travelling east, which it looks to have been in the picture, then the sun WOULD have been in his face. However, a sun visor would have sorted that out if it had been out.
Sorry if the car was travelling east, which it looks to have been in the picture, then the sun WOULD have been in his face. However, a sun visor would have sorted that out if it had been out. Ontheball
  • Score: 4

10:08am Fri 7 Mar 14

Citizen 139 says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
talllboy wrote:
I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing.

Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery.
The sun rises in the east so was behind the car.
Do'h. Realised my error.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]talllboy[/bold] wrote: I note that sunrise today was at 6:26am and the Avenue of Remembrance runs West-East. I wonder if the driver was blinded? The car seems to have ended-up some way past the crossing. Hope the victim makes a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]The sun rises in the east so was behind the car.[/p][/quote]Do'h. Realised my error. Citizen 139
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 7 Mar 14

IniBear says...

This really was an accident waiting to happen. I had huge difficulty crossing this road at this spot last evening because the lights and pedestrian crossing haven't been working for days. Disgraceful!!
This really was an accident waiting to happen. I had huge difficulty crossing this road at this spot last evening because the lights and pedestrian crossing haven't been working for days. Disgraceful!! IniBear
  • Score: 13

11:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts.

Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety.
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts. Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 10

11:17am Fri 7 Mar 14

wormshero says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts.

Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety.
It was a pedestrian, not a cyclist.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts. Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety.[/p][/quote]It was a pedestrian, not a cyclist. wormshero
  • Score: 9

11:22am Fri 7 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

wormshero wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts.

Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety.
It was a pedestrian, not a cyclist.
I stand corrected, early reports said it was a cyclist. Even more reason to blame ECC.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Whilst everyone wishes the injured man a speedy recovery do you actually know what happened? All most of us know is the cyclist was hit by the car. Blaming the driver is obviously a gut reaction without foundation and in truth you most probably have no about who was actually to blame. But, please enlighten us with the facts. Essex County Council should not get off so lightly and they should have made this crossing top priority on such a major road close to a School, a College and on the route to the station. So they should (but we know they won't) take any responsibility for their abysmal approach to highway safety.[/p][/quote]It was a pedestrian, not a cyclist.[/p][/quote]I stand corrected, early reports said it was a cyclist. Even more reason to blame ECC. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 10

11:42am Fri 7 Mar 14

Scoot says...

There are 2 parties responsible for this accident. Firstly if the lights have been out since last Friday then its the negligence of the party responsible for them (everyone says its ECC so then the blame must fall on them). Secondly some blame should fall on the driver. If he was travelling at that time in the morning its most likely that he was driving to work and therefore was aware that the lights on the pedestrian crossing weren't working and driven accordingly. Even if this was a one off journey as a Colcestrian he must know that there is a pedestrian crossing there and seeing the lights were out should have driven cautiously.I wish the guy a speedy recovery and on this occassion I hope he seeks legal advice to get compensation for what appears to have been an accident caused by someones negligence.
There are 2 parties responsible for this accident. Firstly if the lights have been out since last Friday then its the negligence of the party responsible for them (everyone says its ECC so then the blame must fall on them). Secondly some blame should fall on the driver. If he was travelling at that time in the morning its most likely that he was driving to work and therefore was aware that the lights on the pedestrian crossing weren't working and driven accordingly. Even if this was a one off journey as a Colcestrian he must know that there is a pedestrian crossing there and seeing the lights were out should have driven cautiously.I wish the guy a speedy recovery and on this occassion I hope he seeks legal advice to get compensation for what appears to have been an accident caused by someones negligence. Scoot
  • Score: 1

11:58am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I've always believe this crossing should have been a bridge or underpass given the footfall it has and also that the is at the end of a National Speed Limit.
I've always believe this crossing should have been a bridge or underpass given the footfall it has and also that the is at the end of a National Speed Limit. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 13

1:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SgtPilko says...

I'm fairly surprised this hasn't happened when the lights are actually working - I have seen so many drivers just speed through the red lights when I'm about to cross.
I'm fairly surprised this hasn't happened when the lights are actually working - I have seen so many drivers just speed through the red lights when I'm about to cross. SgtPilko
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gizabreak says...

SgtPilko wrote:
I'm fairly surprised this hasn't happened when the lights are actually working - I have seen so many drivers just speed through the red lights when I'm about to cross.
Must admit I am surprised also...not really sure why many crossings in Colchester are so near to roundabouts...strang
e combination when considering safety for both parties.
[quote][p][bold]SgtPilko[/bold] wrote: I'm fairly surprised this hasn't happened when the lights are actually working - I have seen so many drivers just speed through the red lights when I'm about to cross.[/p][/quote]Must admit I am surprised also...not really sure why many crossings in Colchester are so near to roundabouts...strang e combination when considering safety for both parties. gizabreak
  • Score: 9

6:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

James 1 says...

Had the lights been out in Chelmsford, they would have been repaired within a day. Colchester out on a limb again
Had the lights been out in Chelmsford, they would have been repaired within a day. Colchester out on a limb again James 1
  • Score: 5

6:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not.

At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING.

I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not. At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING. I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person seikothrill
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

Scoot wrote:
There are 2 parties responsible for this accident. Firstly if the lights have been out since last Friday then its the negligence of the party responsible for them (everyone says its ECC so then the blame must fall on them). Secondly some blame should fall on the driver. If he was travelling at that time in the morning its most likely that he was driving to work and therefore was aware that the lights on the pedestrian crossing weren't working and driven accordingly. Even if this was a one off journey as a Colcestrian he must know that there is a pedestrian crossing there and seeing the lights were out should have driven cautiously.I wish the guy a speedy recovery and on this occassion I hope he seeks legal advice to get compensation for what appears to have been an accident caused by someones negligence.
Still don't fully understand how the car driver is at fault when the pedestrian is in the road

Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not. If car was travelling East as indicated in a previous comment the person crossing rad would have had a view of at least 100-200 metres to see a car

I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: There are 2 parties responsible for this accident. Firstly if the lights have been out since last Friday then its the negligence of the party responsible for them (everyone says its ECC so then the blame must fall on them). Secondly some blame should fall on the driver. If he was travelling at that time in the morning its most likely that he was driving to work and therefore was aware that the lights on the pedestrian crossing weren't working and driven accordingly. Even if this was a one off journey as a Colcestrian he must know that there is a pedestrian crossing there and seeing the lights were out should have driven cautiously.I wish the guy a speedy recovery and on this occassion I hope he seeks legal advice to get compensation for what appears to have been an accident caused by someones negligence.[/p][/quote]Still don't fully understand how the car driver is at fault when the pedestrian is in the road Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not. If car was travelling East as indicated in a previous comment the person crossing rad would have had a view of at least 100-200 metres to see a car I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person seikothrill
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brooks Forbutox says...

seikothrill wrote:
WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not.

At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING.

I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person
Don't be so daft, seikothrill. If he waited till there wasn't a car coming, he'd have died of old age ... and Essex still wouldn't have fixed the lights.
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not. At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING. I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person[/p][/quote]Don't be so daft, seikothrill. If he waited till there wasn't a car coming, he'd have died of old age ... and Essex still wouldn't have fixed the lights. Brooks Forbutox
  • Score: 5

7:25pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brooks Forbutox says...

... as for the sun getting into driver's eyes, I'm getting tired of this excuse*. How long has the sun been in the sky? Where does it rise? Where does it set? What time of year is it likely to be low? Not referring to this collision because I don't know the circumstances, but a reasonable driver should anticipate that the sun may be in their eyes and adjust their speed accordingly, down to 5mph or lower if necessary, as it can be like driving into a bank of fog. We need five-yearly retests for all drivers to bring them in line with HSE legislation for the workplace. We also need an attitude test as part of that to avoid all this "I own the road", "I have a right to go fast" "I'm king of the road" malarkey.

* It's nearly as bad as Smidsy - sorry mate, I didn't see you. Which basically means I didn't look well enough.
... as for the sun getting into driver's eyes, I'm getting tired of this excuse*. How long has the sun been in the sky? Where does it rise? Where does it set? What time of year is it likely to be low? Not referring to this collision because I don't know the circumstances, but a reasonable driver should anticipate that the sun may be in their eyes and adjust their speed accordingly, down to 5mph or lower if necessary, as it can be like driving into a bank of fog. We need five-yearly retests for all drivers to bring them in line with HSE legislation for the workplace. We also need an attitude test as part of that to avoid all this "I own the road", "I have a right to go fast" "I'm king of the road" malarkey. * It's nearly as bad as Smidsy - sorry mate, I didn't see you. Which basically means I didn't look well enough. Brooks Forbutox
  • Score: -7

12:14am Sat 8 Mar 14

Dark_Wolf says...

seikothrill wrote:
WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not.

At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING.

I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person
Seriously? Drivers are meant to give priority to pedestrians when crossing (as stated by Highway code), you can wait for a gap in traffic but as soon as you start crossing cars come down that road so fast they're there before you're even halfway.
As the lights were out & signs up, the drivers should slow down as there is a strong possibility of people crossing. ECC should have repaired it quicker but when it comes down to it drivers have responsibility to pass this crossing with care. Something which was hard to find when I crossed it a few times, http://youtu.be/Fnui
ub8tsFA
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]Surely the blame should be with the pedestrian for walking out in front of a car irrespective of whether lights were working or not. At 47 years old he should remember the green cross code advert which mentioned something like DO NOT PROCEED TO CROSS THE ROAD IF A CAR IS COMING. I do wish a speedy recovery to the injured person[/p][/quote]Seriously? Drivers are meant to give priority to pedestrians when crossing (as stated by Highway code), you can wait for a gap in traffic but as soon as you start crossing cars come down that road so fast they're there before you're even halfway. As the lights were out & signs up, the drivers should slow down as there is a strong possibility of people crossing. ECC should have repaired it quicker but when it comes down to it drivers have responsibility to pass this crossing with care. Something which was hard to find when I crossed it a few times, http://youtu.be/Fnui ub8tsFA Dark_Wolf
  • Score: 0

7:27am Sat 8 Mar 14

Lloyd George says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.
I really do not understand some peoples illogical thought processes. ECC have reacted following a serious incident. Please have a look at 80% of pedestrian crossing railings in and around Colchester. Smashed down and damaged giving no protection to the public and looking more like the street furniture of India or Nigeria. I have asked ECC where the money derived from insurance company settlements have gone? what a surprise no answer. it needs a **** good internal audit function. In that council as found in reputable private companies to find out via an audit trail. Apart from the town looking totally unkempt it again ia a fatality or serious incident waiting to happen.
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Funny how the ECC is immediately blamed for the incident. The driver, knowing that the traffic lights were not in operation, should have been more careful.[/p][/quote]I really do not understand some peoples illogical thought processes. ECC have reacted following a serious incident. Please have a look at 80% of pedestrian crossing railings in and around Colchester. Smashed down and damaged giving no protection to the public and looking more like the street furniture of India or Nigeria. I have asked ECC where the money derived from insurance company settlements have gone? what a surprise no answer. it needs a **** good internal audit function. In that council as found in reputable private companies to find out via an audit trail. Apart from the town looking totally unkempt it again ia a fatality or serious incident waiting to happen. Lloyd George
  • Score: 5

8:56am Sat 8 Mar 14

TonyLR2 says...

First, I hope the injured pedestrian makes a full and speedy recovery.
In my experience, no/precious little consideration is given by the authorities and the police for pedestrian safety and this unrepaired traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing is a classic example of that.
First, I hope the injured pedestrian makes a full and speedy recovery. In my experience, no/precious little consideration is given by the authorities and the police for pedestrian safety and this unrepaired traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing is a classic example of that. TonyLR2
  • Score: 5

11:04am Sat 8 Mar 14

blackrat2 says...

Shouldn't the Gazette be blurring out registration numbers on images?
Shouldn't the Gazette be blurring out registration numbers on images? blackrat2
  • Score: 5

8:13pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevophobe says...

I along with many other pedestrians and cyclists use this crossing every day to get to the train station. I literally had to risk life and limb to dash across the road with the crossing out of order, that was last Monday. This is a main route for school children to schools and colleges and the crossing bridges four lanes of traffic off/onto one of the busiest roundabouts in Colchester, I assumed the repair would be given a high priority. However, the crossing was still of order Tuesday evening with no way of safely crossing the road. I was so concerned about how treacherous it was, I reported it to the police when I got home and requested they apply some leverage to ECC to give this their immediate attention. They said they would do so. On Wednesday morning the crossing was still out of order. I telephoned ECC first thing Wednesday morning 05/03/14 after just after 9a.m. and spoke to someone from the traffic/roads dept. I explained that this was an extremely dangerous situation and an accident waiting to happen. I was told an engineer was going to fix the crossing that morning. Returning from work Wednesday, lights were still out of order and also for all of the next day -Thursday. On Friday, sadly my worst fears were confirmed when I learned of the accident. So who is accountable - its an utter disgrace!
I along with many other pedestrians and cyclists use this crossing every day to get to the train station. I literally had to risk life and limb to dash across the road with the crossing out of order, that was last Monday. This is a main route for school children to schools and colleges and the crossing bridges four lanes of traffic off/onto one of the busiest roundabouts in Colchester, I assumed the repair would be given a high priority. However, the crossing was still of order Tuesday evening with no way of safely crossing the road. I was so concerned about how treacherous it was, I reported it to the police when I got home and requested they apply some leverage to ECC to give this their immediate attention. They said they would do so. On Wednesday morning the crossing was still out of order. I telephoned ECC first thing Wednesday morning 05/03/14 after just after 9a.m. and spoke to someone from the traffic/roads dept. I explained that this was an extremely dangerous situation and an accident waiting to happen. I was told an engineer was going to fix the crossing that morning. Returning from work Wednesday, lights were still out of order and also for all of the next day -Thursday. On Friday, sadly my worst fears were confirmed when I learned of the accident. So who is accountable - its an utter disgrace! stevophobe
  • Score: 10

9:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

25414nora says...

I go along with most of the comments above, including good wishes to the injured man and his family.
That said, it never ceases to amaze me reading some peoples indignant comments blaming the local council, or county council for each and every miss-hap or occurrence.
Constantly it seems we slate our local government...About street lighting, Pot holes in the road, cost of parking, Town centre management, blocked drains, lack of policing etc etc etc..
'Yet' the slightest increase in our council tax, and we scream 'Blue Murder'.
I go along with most of the comments above, including good wishes to the injured man and his family. That said, it never ceases to amaze me reading some peoples indignant comments blaming the local council, or county council for each and every miss-hap or occurrence. Constantly it seems we slate our local government...About street lighting, Pot holes in the road, cost of parking, Town centre management, blocked drains, lack of policing etc etc etc.. 'Yet' the slightest increase in our council tax, and we scream 'Blue Murder'. 25414nora
  • Score: -6

10:00pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Red Tape 2 says...

The people who say you should be able to anticipate the low sun obviously don't drive. The reason a low sun is so dangerous is you can be driving along and without warning are suddenly blinded and there isn't a thing you can do about it. Happened to me the other morning and it's really frightening as you can't even see the road or pavement.
The people who say you should be able to anticipate the low sun obviously don't drive. The reason a low sun is so dangerous is you can be driving along and without warning are suddenly blinded and there isn't a thing you can do about it. Happened to me the other morning and it's really frightening as you can't even see the road or pavement. Red Tape 2
  • Score: 8

10:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

blackrat2 wrote:
Shouldn't the Gazette be blurring out registration numbers on images?
No. Photo was taken in a public place.
[quote][p][bold]blackrat2[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't the Gazette be blurring out registration numbers on images?[/p][/quote]No. Photo was taken in a public place. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

10:43am Mon 10 Mar 14

Scoot says...

Seikothrill, As a driver you should be aware of all dangers on the road. If the driver was regularly using that stretch of road he would know that its a busy crossing and taken precautions (i.e slowed down sufficiently) just in case someone was crossing. Even if he wasn't a regular user of that stretch of road, a/ as Colcestrian he would know that there is a crossing there and B/. If he wasn't a regular user he should have seen the lights were out and slowed down accordingly. Maybe I had a good driving instructor but I was taught to always expect the unexpected and drive accordingly.
Seikothrill, As a driver you should be aware of all dangers on the road. If the driver was regularly using that stretch of road he would know that its a busy crossing and taken precautions (i.e slowed down sufficiently) just in case someone was crossing. Even if he wasn't a regular user of that stretch of road, a/ as Colcestrian he would know that there is a crossing there and B/. If he wasn't a regular user he should have seen the lights were out and slowed down accordingly. Maybe I had a good driving instructor but I was taught to always expect the unexpected and drive accordingly. Scoot
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Carlosfandangles says...

25414nora wrote:
I go along with most of the comments above, including good wishes to the injured man and his family.
That said, it never ceases to amaze me reading some peoples indignant comments blaming the local council, or county council for each and every miss-hap or occurrence.
Constantly it seems we slate our local government...About street lighting, Pot holes in the road, cost of parking, Town centre management, blocked drains, lack of policing etc etc etc..
'Yet' the slightest increase in our council tax, and we scream 'Blue Murder'.
There is a difference with having so called adequate funding and the competence to actually implement plans into using those funds efficiently and more importantly in the correct areas.

Without quoting specifics, the levels of incompetence and arrogance are quite staggering at times.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: I go along with most of the comments above, including good wishes to the injured man and his family. That said, it never ceases to amaze me reading some peoples indignant comments blaming the local council, or county council for each and every miss-hap or occurrence. Constantly it seems we slate our local government...About street lighting, Pot holes in the road, cost of parking, Town centre management, blocked drains, lack of policing etc etc etc.. 'Yet' the slightest increase in our council tax, and we scream 'Blue Murder'.[/p][/quote]There is a difference with having so called adequate funding and the competence to actually implement plans into using those funds efficiently and more importantly in the correct areas. Without quoting specifics, the levels of incompetence and arrogance are quite staggering at times. Carlosfandangles
  • Score: 0

11:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

MattBOCS says...

I don't understand how the pedestrian failed to see the car coming from all the way up that big loooooooooooong straight road... oh well hope hes ok
I don't understand how the pedestrian failed to see the car coming from all the way up that big loooooooooooong straight road... oh well hope hes ok MattBOCS
  • Score: 1

11:58pm Mon 17 Mar 14

MattBOCS says...

Scoot wrote:
Seikothrill, As a driver you should be aware of all dangers on the road. If the driver was regularly using that stretch of road he would know that its a busy crossing and taken precautions (i.e slowed down sufficiently) just in case someone was crossing. Even if he wasn't a regular user of that stretch of road, a/ as Colcestrian he would know that there is a crossing there and B/. If he wasn't a regular user he should have seen the lights were out and slowed down accordingly. Maybe I had a good driving instructor but I was taught to always expect the unexpected and drive accordingly.
Not much you can do if the pedestrian just walks out in front of you. Even if you slow down to anticipate unobservant pedestrians crossing a busy main road with no traffic lights...
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Seikothrill, As a driver you should be aware of all dangers on the road. If the driver was regularly using that stretch of road he would know that its a busy crossing and taken precautions (i.e slowed down sufficiently) just in case someone was crossing. Even if he wasn't a regular user of that stretch of road, a/ as Colcestrian he would know that there is a crossing there and B/. If he wasn't a regular user he should have seen the lights were out and slowed down accordingly. Maybe I had a good driving instructor but I was taught to always expect the unexpected and drive accordingly.[/p][/quote]Not much you can do if the pedestrian just walks out in front of you. Even if you slow down to anticipate unobservant pedestrians crossing a busy main road with no traffic lights... MattBOCS
  • Score: 1

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