A244 (Copsem Lane) Crossing Petition – Update

In our recent e-newsletter we highlighted the petition being led by Esher residents, Nicola Foster, Allison & Reuben Galaun, together with BHS Surrey to install a Pegasus crossing between Esher Common and Arbrook Common – A244 (Copsem Lane) Road Safety Improvements Needed!. Thanks to your help the petition exceeded the 1,500 signatures as is now due to be debated at the Elmbridge Local Committee meeting on 8th March. This meeting includes both Surrey CC and Elmbridge Councillors.

The petition  https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/pegasus-esher/ is now closed with 1,616 signatures. A great effort!

The Esher Residents Association has written to the Local Committee to express our support for this petition. A copy of our letter is below:

18th February 2021

Dear Dr Szanto and members of the Elmbridge Local Committee,

Pegasus Crossing- Arbrook to Esher Common Petition

I write as Chairman of the Esher Residents Association which represents the residents of the Esher Ward. We would like to register our very strong support for the proposed Pegasus Crossing on the A244 between Arbrook Common and Esher Common. This is an issue that many of our residents have raised with us and have supported the petition raised by Nicola Foster.

This is an incredibly busy road where cars are travelling at high speed having just come off the dual carriageway or heading that way. Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders take their life in their hands trying to cross at this point and it urgently needs a proper crossing before a serious accident occurs.

This crossing would serve not only the residents of Esher but also those from Claygate and Oxshott who also use this route. This “Greenway” is one of just a handful of routes in this area and it needs to be supported by a suitable crossing over this busy road.

Arbrook Common and Esher Common have become even more popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders over the past year as exercise and fresh air become paramount. But parents are nervous to allow even teenagers to cross here unaccompanied. It is perilous even for adults to cross.

We strongly urge you to give this crossing your support when it comes for discussion at the Elmbridge Local Committee meeting on Monday 8 March.

Yours sincerely

Paul Fielding, Chairman

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