Mon | Dec 17, 2018

Fix flaws at Barbican Square

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Some time ago, the communications manager at the National Works Agency stated that the purpose of the two-and-a-half-foot-tall concrete barriers in the middle of the roads in Barbican Square was "for safety reasons and the pedestrians should use the pedestrian crossings that are provided".

However, I wish to bring to your attention the potential danger that pedestrians face daily basis in Barbican.

Recently, I waited at the pedestrian crossing at the Jacks Hill Road-Barbican Road intersection until the pedestrian crossing signal was illuminated. While I was crossing Jacks Hill Road, I saw an SUV turning left from Barbican Road on to Jacks Hill Road. I looked at the pedestrian crossing signal again and it showed the 'safe-to-walk' signal while I was using the pedestrian crossing. Imagine! Both pedestrians and drivers are permitted to use the roadway at the same time!

The situation is even more dangerous if one is crossing Jacks Hill Road towards the gas station. This is so because the pedestrian's back would be facing the vehicles that are turning left from Barbican Road on to Jacks Hill Road, and they would not be able to see the approaching vehicles.

In addition, the pedestrian crossing at this intersection is about six feet from Barbican Road, so the drivers turning left from Barbican Road may not see the pedestrians on the crossing. Therefore, if the driver stops suddenly to avoid hitting the pedestrians, another car could run into the back of his/her vehicle.




On June 30, 2018, I wrote emails to the executive directors at the National Road Safety Council and the Road Safety Unit, asking if they could make an appeal to the relevant agencies about the same dangers at Barbican Road and East Kings House Road, the Barbican Road and Birdsucker Lane intersection, and the two pedestrian crossings at the two traffic lights on East Kings House Road by the supermarket.

Based on my encounter today, I can only hope that the authorities aren't going to wait until there are accidents before they reprogramme the traffic signals, to how they should be properly operating.

Also, someone showed me that the metal safety barrier by the gully at the Barbican Road and Russell Heights intersection is too low. It was removed during the road construction and reinstalled using screws, but the current height of the barrier at that location may result in someone falling into the gully if he/she is not careful.