Campaigners celebrate end of slippy paving

Removal of brass studs in Buckingham
Removal of brass studs in Buckingham

Disability campaigners are celebrating the removal of ‘dangerous’ pavement studs.

For the past 10 years, members of Buckingham and Winslow Access For All have campaigned for the removal of the brass studs from Buckingham’s pavements

Brass studs in the pavement in Buckingham

Brass studs in the pavement in Buckingham

The tactile studs are designed to warn blind and partially sighted people as they approach a road crossing.

But the access group says in freezing weather ice can form between the studs, creating a dangerously slippery surface.

And this is particularly risky, they say, when studs lie on a sloping surface.

Today, the studs are being removed by Bucks County Council’s Highways arm, Transport for Bucks, and replaced with asphalt.

The plan is then for the asphalt to be removed next Monday, and replaced with conventional tactile paving.

Secretary of Buckingham and Winslow Access For All, Ed Grimsdale, celebrated by penning the following campaign song, to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers:

Onward, Access soldiers, marching as to war,

with our fleet of scooters going on before.

“Access for All,” we cry, in rain and in snow.

Forward into battle see our banners go!

Refrain:

Onward, Access soldiers, marching as to war,

with our fleet of scooters going on before