A NEW pedestrian crossing on a Hartlepool housing estate has had a huge impact on residents’ safety, say campaigning councillors.
The crossing makes it easier for people to get across Merlin Way at Bishop Cuthbert but its raised design is also helping to reduce vehicle speeds.
Work on the crossing was completed by Hartlepool Council late last year following a lengthy campaign by Councillors Paul Beck and Jean Robinson, with support from their Hart Ward colleague Councillor David Riddle.
Councillor Beck said: “Many residents - particularly those with young children in pushchairs – told us of the difficulty they had crossing the road as they made their way to Throston Primary School and that they were fearful for their own safety.
“A number of elderly people also expressed concern that the lack of a crossing point and the speed of traffic using this busy road was a major issue for them.”
The councillors began campaigning for a crossing in early 2013 but the financial pressures faced by Hartlepool Council meant they had to wait for funding to become available.
“I am delighted that the Council has delivered on its commitment to construct a crossing when funding became available. This shows how the Council listens to local people and acts on their concerns,” added Councillor Beck.
Councillor Robinson said: “The crossing is of huge benefit to hundreds of local families and is really helping to make their lives so much easier.
“Some concerns that were expressed about possible light disruption to neighbouring properties from the Belisha beacons at either side of the crossing have also been addressed by fitting special metal shields – another example of how the Council listens to people.”
Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “Despite the financial constraints imposed on the Council by on-going Government cuts, we have a commitment to make all of the town’s roads as safe as possible and the crossing in Merlin Way reflects that.
“It is reassuring to know that parents with young children and older people with mobility problems are now able to safely cross this busy road.”
The councillors recently visited the area to view the impact of the crossing and were joined by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger who pledged his support for the crossing campaign following his re-election to office.
Posted on Thursday 9th March 2017