Question: Have you ever encountered roadworks which have made it more difficult or dangerous to navigate or for you to pass through as a pedestrian?

Your feedback: Yes  95% (59 respondents) No 5% (3 respondent)

Your comments: 

Yes – 95%

We had a sign left on the pavement for weeks after the work had ended. It was a potential hazard for all pedestrians. It was only removed after a phone call to the sign makers.

Roadworks always difficult for me because even though I don’t use a wheelchair all the time when I do I find that people are not very helpful and last year I fell into a pothole in my chair and all that happened was the workman laughed and some children filmed it. I’ve never been more humiliated in my life. But I like to look on the bright side of things and even though I couldn’t muster the energy to drag my body out of that pothole, I realised I’d reached rock bottom and things couldn’t get any worse from there.

Alternative arrangements are improving around road works, however the situation could still be improved. There are still issues around temporary bus stop arrangements – many individuals will not realise that the bus stop is no longer in use – how can they be alerted to this. Will the temporary bus stop allow a wheelchair user easy access? Often the signs indicating road works are placed on the footpath to alert drivers and these signs form barriers for many on what can often be a narrow footway.

Hoardings and warnings without ramps to cross over to the other side, and without allowing space for residents wheelie bins in collection day, obstructing bus stops so that wheelchairs cannot get on or off buses, parked contractors vehicles causing dangerous impediments to disabled pedestrians

There were no ramps at the roadworks when the pedestrian access was diverted onto the road with 3 inch kerbs couldn’t get off or on the pavement

This happens regularly. I use a wheelchair and although sometimes the width of temporary access is okay, the access and egress does not have enough room to manoeuvre into and out of the area safely. The ramps are also a bit hit and miss and many are not secured down and flip up when you wheel hits them.

Contractors often forget that if they’re blocking a Kerb Drop they need to create one with a ramp for the duration of their works. Wheeling in the road as a result causes drivers to scream “get on the pavement” if only they knew how hard it was to get back onto the pavement in such situations!

Where the pavement has been closed and a cone/barrier erected to divert pedestrians onto a protected part of the road, on many such works, a failure to provide a ramp down from the pavement to remove the kerb obstacle is common.

Many pavements where I live are 100% inaccessible as a direct consequence of unchallenged abuse by owners of parked and abandoned vehicles, trailers, skips, wheelie bins, a generator, etc. Many dropped kerbs are similarly blocked and those that aren’t are pointless using as the rest of the pavements are blocked so preventing access! This is not just for disabled people but any pedestrian including mothers with pushchairs, young children to and from school, etc. Local Authority do nothing and neither do Police! Long standing issues of many years! This is forcing anyone who would ordinarily use a pavement onto unsafe and very narrow roads.

Unfortunately, it is very rare to find road works and the associated signage taking account of disabled people. In fact there appears to be no consideration of disabled people in this at all. My own experience in Edinburgh where the bottom of Lothian Road had signs placed on the pavement for months preventing wheelchairs passing through, causing a hazard to people with a visual impairment. Pavements are regularly taken over for signage aimed at drivers, they block access, and cause hazards. Ramps are at times placed over areas of pavement however again it is not unusual to find gaps in the link between road and ramp, ramp gradients too high, and further barriers across ramps, it’s a complete mess.

In my experience, roadworks rarely make good provisions for any form of disability.

Always horrible when out and about in my chair when I’m going round Glasgow. Was spat at a few years ago by roadworks man when I asked if he could move his men working sign because it was making it difficult for me to get past in my chair and as a woman of colour I found the wording of the sign both deeply offensive and misogynistic.

Priority seems to be to leave the road and cycleways clear if signs, place them on the pavement. They’ll cause no interference with road users but badly impact pavement users.

Work to paths, closing paths, sign they put out blocking use of paths. work man frustrated i need them to move signs. even in a small place this is a show stopper and attitudes to access are poor. closing paths an alternative not accessible, no drop curbs etc.

Works in Peterhead recently have taken no account of disability, the road has been blocked from building walls to the middle of the road in several places. In other places the road has been completely blocked and all traffic diverted to roundabout routes which for an ambulant disabled person makes a significant difference. Disability awareness? Don’t make me laugh!

Yes. I’ve had to go onto some of the busiest roads in the centre of Glasgow just to get round the works.

There sometimes isn’t enough room to get by with a wheelchair and this can be difficult to maneuver round if there is a lot of queuing traffic, no dropped kerb nearby and cars that are difficult to see coming in the opposite direction (assuming you need to use the road to get round the sign, roadworks etc.)

They arrived unexpected with no prior warning which can cause utter chaos for someone with reduced mobility. Greater communication is needed.

Yes they had some in Irvine and it made it difficult and dangerous to get from one side of the to the other safely in a wheelchair. We were completely forgotten.

Dangerous whether a pedestrian or in the car it is a nightmare.

Yes, however this was due to the fact that vandals had knocked down the barriers between the road / traffic and pedestrian area. Which meant that I had to bounce over the barriers and watch I did not go on to road. Also had to watch the large hole that was dug as it was also without barriers.

It is really bad in Edinburgh where they are redeveloping St James Centre you wonder if they have spoken to someone in a wheelchair to get their perspective. Ramps in inaccessible places and road signs that need to be placed bur not where a wheelchair has to go onto the road to get around.

They seem very good at digging things up, les proficient at guarding them and even worse at filling in and tidying up after the job is done. Holes and signs are often left for days, whilst no effective work takes place. Signs that affect work in the road should be in the road, not on pavements. These things usually have sharp edges and are therefore dangerous.

These days I often find Road Works take over the pavements with their signs and never leave enough space for a Disabled Person to pass through especially if with a Guide Dog. Often they are not setting up barriers correctly nor creating safe pathways. Local Authorities are supposed to monitor any works however this is not happenning especially in North Ayrshire.

What usually happens is that the signs are on the pavement leaving little space to squeeze past.

Have you ever encountered roadworks which have made it more difficult or dangerous to navigate or for you to pass through as a pedestrian?

NO – 5%

Unfortunately, roadworks are a necessary evil for maintenance of roads and footways. They can be an inconvenience, but I’ve had no experience of them making it more difficult or hazardous to pass through as a pedestrian ( nor incidentally as a motorist. It would be fantastic if roads and paths were correctly maintained!!!!