Have your say on the Ivinghoe & Pitstone Safety Scheme proposals for Brookmead School and Station Road

In the recent past both Ivinghoe and Pitstone Parish Councils separately engaged Ben Hamilton Baillee Associates to draw up a concept safety scheme for the individual villages to enable both pedestrians and road traffic to coalesce safely together within the villages.

Both Parish Councils have been busy behind the scenes in progressing this concept with Buckinghamshire Council and Transport for Bucks as the highways authority. As a result the two separate schemes are now known as the Ivinghoe and Pitstone Safety Scheme.

After many different surveys, concept designs, etc we are now at a point where both phase 1 and phase 2 can now be implemented. Both of these phases were chosen for early implementation as they have a direct effect on the younger members of our villages.

Phase 1 – Station Road, Ivinghoe

Phase 2 – Brookmead School

Many of you will have seen the resurfacing work that has taken place recently along Station Road by the junctions with Maud Janes Close and Ladysmith Road as well as outside Brookmead School. This work was in preparation for the implementation of these two phases of the Safety Scheme.

Diagrams of the two phases can be viewed at the library in Ivinghoe. Alternatively you can view the Station Road proposals here:

and the Brookmead proposals here:

Any comments about the schemes can be sent to the following

  • By email to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.
  • By post to Pitstone Parish Council, Pitstone Pavilion, Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9AP.
  • In person, simply drop your comments into the BLACK post box in the foyer of the Town Hall.

Phase 1 – Station Road, Ivinghoe

The design concepts here are:

To provide a ‘safety zone’ to enable a safer crossing point for children attending Brookmead School and also to provide additional parking for residents and the dropping off and picking up of children from Brookmead School.

The scheme incorporates:

  • A new crossing point in a slightly different location to the existing one.
  • 2 new informal roundabouts
  • New signage both on the road and on the road side
  • Early warning markers when approaching from Great Gap/Ford End
  • A ‘grasscrete’ parking bay for 5 vehicles (time limited parking during day time hours)
  • A footpath from the parking bays to connect with the existing footpath to Brookmead School
  • Anti-skid road surfacing
  • New tree planting to increase bio-diversity

It is envisaged that motorists will have plenty of early warning on the approach to the safety zone, with the informal roundabouts slowing the traffic further on the approach to the crossing point.

Ivinghoe Parish Council have already consulted with local residents on the initial drawings for this scheme and residents views have been taken into account with this latest design.

It is currently planned for the work to be completed during the school summer holidays in late July/August.

Phase 2 – Brookmead School

The design concepts here are:

To provide a more visible presence to motorists that they are within a school zone.

The scheme incorporates:

  • Red anti-skid tarmac surface across the whole school zone
  • Buff coloured anti-skid tarmac for the bus stop area
  • Road markings to give the appearance that the road is narrower
  • ‘Pencil’ bollards in various colours (see picture) to highlight both the school and children’s presence
  • Treatment of the verge opposite to increase sight lines for motorists
  • Additional road markings on the approach to the area
  • Definitive road markings to delineate the end of the roadway along the side of the brook.

It was envisaged that the speed limit would be reduced to 20mph along this stretch of the road, but we have not been given permission yet to enable this to happen. We will be actively pursuing this to be implemented at a later date, if funding is available.

This phase of the Safety Scheme is partly within Pitstone and partly within Ivinghoe and as such both Parish Councils have had an input in its design. Brookmead School has also been consulted.

Some works are due to start late April/early May with the anti-skid surfacing going down. Full completion is expected during the school summer holidays.

Issued on behalf of Ivinghoe & Pitstone Parish Councils and Buckinghamshire Council.


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