Campaigners win battle for £25,000 crossing on a 'dangerous' Derby road
CAMPAIGNERS have won a battle to have a £25,000 crossing installed on a "dangerous" Derby road.
Residents in Burton Road said fast-moving traffic on the road led to accidents and stopped them being able to cross it safely.
Residents had wanted a crossing for two years but, despite raising the issue in meetings with councillors, had not been successful until now.
Derby City Council agreed to have a pedestrian island installed halfway across the road and has altered the road markings nearby.
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The changes have been made to a section of the road near the junction with Farley Road and Whitaker Road.
The work cost £25,000. It started in September and finished this month and 83-year-old Elizabeth Farmer, who lives in Burton Road, says she finally able to cross it again.
She said: "I've lived here for 44 years and I've seen so many accidents.
"The congestion in the evenings gets so bad. It got to a point where I couldn't cross.
"I have trouble walking and from my house there's not another crossing point for about 600 metres in either direction.
"You would end up waiting for minutes on end and I still didn't think it was safe. But now I can cross again."
The work has included installing a small pedestrian island halfway across the road, splitting the crossing into two parts.
It has also included adding diagonal markings to the middle of the road around the island and the nearby junction, preventing drivers from overtaking at these points.
John Riley, who lives nearby in St Albans Road, said the crossing was something people had wanted for a long time.
He said: "We've been talking about it at the neighbourhood board for a while but until now, with Councillor Atwal, we've not been able to get the council to listen.
"We've wanted it for two years and already it has made a huge improvement.
"Drivers are going through here slower and many are taking alternative routes home now, freeing it up from congestion."
Derby City councillor Ajit Atwal, who helped get the authority to undertake and fund the work, said he also lived on Burton Road.
He said: "The road used to be single lanes at this point. But the lanes were wide. With junctions on either side you would get people overtaking slower cars that were turning in to side roads.
"With people pulling out you got so many accidents. Now that is not possible."
He expressed his thanks to Toni Leatherland, Abbey ward's neighbourhood manager, for helping to get the crossing installed.