A15: Crossings Given The Go-Ahead

15 April 2014, 17:14

Heart's been told a recent traffic survey has found the A15 at Northorpe meets the requirements for a new pedestrian crossing.

The stretch of road was the site of an accident in January that involved two young school children.

Since then, the speed limit has been reduced from 60mph to 40mph, and now Lincs County Council say plans are afoot to install a pedestrian crossing there too.

The criteria for any new pedestrian crossings are laid down by the Department for Transport.

So over the last few weeks the County Council counted the number of vehicles passing the site, as well as the number of pedestrians who crossed the road. 

That information is then analysed to determine whether a crossing is appropriate.

Lincolnshire County Council, which commissioned the survey, will now create a detailed design for the new scheme and progress with the necessary legal processes, which includes holding a public consultation.

A similar study looking at whether a crossing is required in the adjoining village of Thurlby is still being analysed.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council said: "I support the campaign to introduce a pedestrian crossing at this site, so this has come as great news. Everyone was saddened by the accident in January and I hope that by installing a proper crossing point we'll help to prevent something similar happening again in the future.

Over the coming months we'll continue to work closely with the parish council and local residents in order to get it built as soon as possible."