New crossing planned outside Welwyn Garden City shops

PUBLISHED: 19:19 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

The 'dangerous' zebra crossing outside the Moors Walk shops in Panshanger

The 'dangerous' zebra crossing outside the Moors Walk shops in Panshanger

A ZEBRA crossing described as a 'danger to residents' is to be replaced. Moors Walk, in WGC, will now have a pelican crossing, which will feature a standard set of traffic lights and a control panel to let pedestrians know when to walk. As refurbishment w

A ZEBRA crossing described as a "danger to residents" is to be replaced.

Moors Walk, in WGC, will now have a pelican crossing, which will feature a standard set of traffic lights and a control panel to let pedestrians know when to walk.

As refurbishment works on Moors Walk shops parade reaches completion, it has become a legal requirement for Herts County Council to install a pelican crossing.

The decision has received mixed view from residents and workers alike in the area.

One regular at the Oak Tavern pub said: "The problem all started when they moved the entrance of the shops from the roundabout on to the main road.

"Now when you pull left out of the shops the crossing is right in front of you, meaning you have to stop quickly.

"So making it a pelican crossing will only make things worse, there will be more traffic, more congestion and maybe more confusion, I wish they had left it as it was."

However, pub landlord Greg Dutton told the WHT he believes the pelican crossing will make the area safer.

He said: "It can only be a good thing. At the moment it's quite dangerous there.

"There's been a few accidents, so if lights and proper crossing makes it easier and safer, then all the better."

A council spokeswoman said: "The developers have part-funded the crossing and we hope to have it installed by the end of the financial year.

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