New needs for action in excess of ‘lethal’ A281 crossing

Christina Wilkins

Last 12 months a young bike owner was tragically killed when he fell into the route of a lorry on the A281 at Rudgwick while on a charity bike journey. Campaigners are contacting on West Sussex County Council to construct a bridge at the spot the place the Downs Website […]

Last 12 months a young bike owner was tragically killed when he fell into the route of a lorry on the A281 at Rudgwick while on a charity bike journey.

Campaigners are contacting on West Sussex County Council to construct a bridge at the spot the place the Downs Website link is split in two by the fast paced A-road.

They say that the continuing threat of the crossing was apparent for the duration of a British Heart Basis charity trip previous Saturday.

The Downs Link at Rudgwick is split in two by the A281

A spokesman for the organisation bridgethedownslink.org said: “The yearly London to Brighton Off-Street Bike Trip follows the Downs Hyperlink from Cranleigh to Southwater as part of its route.

“Filtering previous the tributes to Pathushan Sutharsan who was killed by an HGV right here very last calendar year, all the 2,750 riders had to operate the gauntlet of the lethal crossing.

“The organisers ended up forced to put a marshall in position at the crossing to tutorial riders throughout … it was a wonder no-a person was hurt or killed.”

The team states that, even with some mitigating actions set in spot by the county council subsequent Pathushan’s loss of life ‘the risk of the crossing stays unchanged.’

At an inquest into Pathushan’s loss of life, the coroner claimed the crossing posed ‘a significant hazard for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians alike.’

Campaigners are now calling on men and women to assist their goal at acquiring a bridge constructed. They are urging people to compose to county councillors and Horsham MP Jeremy Quin.

The campaign is supported by many nearby, regional and countrywide teams, which include Rudgwick Parish Council, the Rudgwick Preservation Modern society, the British Horse Society, the Horsham District Biking Discussion board, the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and the West Sussex Cycle Discussion board.

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