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Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Tankerville Terrace and its school transport has many problems. Both schools are relatively new (replacing older school buildings), but traffic problems were not adequately addressed through the planning process.

Many problems have been documented over the years - through the school, through planning processes, by active residents. The school travel plans seem to exist, but have not been shared however.

Tankerville Terrace is a through road with few safe crossing places for pedestrians and substantial availability of on-street parking along its full length (residential as well as visitor) hindering visibility and making cycling along Tankerville very difficult. Not to mention the sorry presence of prolific illegal and illegitimate car parking and drivers carrying out dangerous manoeuvres routinely. Verbal abuse has been recorded against people walking and cycling their children to the schools. Recently the two crossing guardians (lollipops) were removed. Pollution levels are expected to be high in such a contested road environment. Outside the times of the "school run" Tankerville Terrace is a rat run ie speeding takes place. However I would like to focus on one particular issue: the pedestrian railing.

The railing was recently removed from the corner at the northern end. My question to the council department responsible for road safety is threefold
1. What was the original intention of the railing? Why was the railing installed in the first place?
2. Why has the railing now been removed?
3. What has changed from the original situation to now justify the removal of the railing?

In other locations on Tankerville Terrace railings have been bashed and bent, which seems to suggest an imbalance in the design: if such brute force is present in a children's environment, what is the justification to allow through traffic at all? I am looking forward to learning more about the council's approach to road safety and the line of reasoning behind it.

Yours faithfully,
Katja Leyendecker

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justifications for the road-safety approach

 

Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

 

Tankerville Terrace and its school transport has many problems. Both
schools are relatively new (replacing older school buildings), but traffic
problems were not adequately addressed through the planning process.

 

Many problems have been documented over the years - through the school,
through planning processes, by active residents. The school travel plans
seem to exist, but have not been shared however.

 

Tankerville Terrace is a through road with few safe crossing places for
pedestrians and substantial availability of on-street parking along its
full length (residential as well as visitor) hindering visibility and
making cycling along Tankerville very difficult. Not to mention the sorry
presence of prolific illegal and illegitimate car parking and drivers
carrying out dangerous manoeuvres routinely. Verbal abuse has been
recorded against people walking and cycling their children to the schools.
Recently the two crossing guardians (lollipops) were removed. Pollution
levels are expected to be high in such a contested road environment.
Outside the times of the "school run" Tankerville Terrace is a rat run ie
speeding takes place. However I would like to focus on one particular
issue: the pedestrian railing.

 

The railing was recently removed from the corner at the northern end. My
question to the council department responsible for road safety is
threefold

1. What was the original intention of the railing? Why was the railing
installed in the first place?

2. Why has the railing now been removed?

3. What has changed from the original situation to now justify the removal
of the railing?

 

In other locations on Tankerville Terrace railings have been bashed and
bent, which seems to suggest an imbalance in the design: if such brute
force is present in a children's environment, what is the justification to
allow through traffic at all? I am looking forward to learning more about
the council's approach to road safety and the line of reasoning behind it.

 

Yours faithfully,

Katja Leyendecker

 

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