Crossing finally gets the go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 11:11 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

A zebra crossing will finally be built next month - six years after a residents campaign for it was launched. It will be part of a £269,000 road calming scheme in Knightsfield, WGC, designed to cut the number of accidents there. A petition calling for th

A zebra crossing will finally be built next month - six years after a residents' campaign for it was launched.

It will be part of a £269,000 road calming scheme in Knightsfield, WGC, designed to cut the number of accidents there.

A petition calling for the crossing, near the junction with Shoplands, was submitted to Herts Highways in November 2002.

Petition

Resident Michele Kay started the petition after one collision left a Monk's Walk pupil hospitalised.

In three years there have been 18 accidents that have caused injuries, two of them serious. Speed was often the cause.

County councillor Richard Smith, who has been involved in the campaign, said: "It has been a long and frustrating wait for all concerned.

"I am pleased to know that all aspects of the safety scheme will be completed by Easter."

He added: "The original traffic calming scheme of 1993 only had limited success and there was much concern locally about the steady stream of accidents from 1993."

A spokeswoman for Herts Highways said the site was only identified for further work in 2005.

She said: "There is a lot of background work involved from identifying a site for this type of scheme to implementation.

"This simply cannot be carried out overnight."

Engineers will construct flat top road humps and speed cushions along Knightsfield and create two off-street parking bays.

Lighting

Street lighting has already been upgraded, and new road signs and markings will be added.

It will take five weeks to complete, with road closures only in the half term and Easter holidays.

Access to properties will be maintained, but bus services will be disrupted.

See www.intalink.org.uk

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