Crossing hopes are dashed

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 March 2015

Campaigners at the crossing in 2012

Campaigners at the crossing in 2012


REPEATED calls for a controlled crossing to be installed across a busy road in Portishead may not be answered after North Somerset Council said not enough people would use it.

Residents living in North Weston have, for at least two years, been lobbying the authority for a traffic-light controlled, pelican crossing in place of a zebra crossing currently in Clevedon Road.

This follows a number of incidents in which speeding vehicles have failed to stop, leaving pedestrians – who expect drivers to see the crossing – in danger of being knocked down.

In 2012, mum Helen Tully and her young son Aaron were left shaken but fortunately not seriously injured when a car struck her and the pushchair carrying Aaron. Just last week, Rachael and Mike Harvey, along with their two young daughters, were also waiting to cross the road when a speeding driver did not stop.

Mrs Harvey, who has lived in North Weston for 19 years, said: “The driver wasn’t even aware we were stood there.

“It is absolutely shocking. I was so angry. It is not a one off.

“My daughter will be starting at Gordano School next year so will be walking there every day on her own.

“While my husband and I could see that this car was travelling fast and so didn’t step on to the crossing, a child can’t judge the speed of a car so well.

“I think the zebra crossing would be better taken way because children put all their trust in it.”

However, the council has said not enough people use the road to warrant installing a controlled crossing instead.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of a number of incidents at the crossing.

“We do not believe the area meets the criteria for a controlled crossing because of the number of people who might use it. But, we are looking at ways we can improve the visibility of what is there now. One way would be to install more prominent flashing beacons.”

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