Work starts on pedestrian crossings at 'dangerous' Coventry junction - The Coventry Observer

Work starts on pedestrian crossings at 'dangerous' Coventry junction

Ryan Smith 27th Feb, 2023   0

COVENTRY City Council has confirmed work to install a pedestrian crossing on a junction – labelled ‘dangerous’ by campaigners – was now under way.

The Observer was contacted by Coventry Citizens Party founder Ian Rogers about the stretch of road where Sewall Highway and Blackberry Lane meet.

He launched a petition to get the pedestrian crossings installed, adding he ‘had repeatedly chased the council over the past two years’.

Mr Rogers said there had been at least five crashes there in recent years at the busy junction near Courthouse Green Primary School with one involving a pedestrian.

The Coventry Liberal Democrats have also petitioned for the council to take action on the road in the past, saying it was difficult for pedestrians to cross and was ‘very dangerous’ during peak times and limited visibility at all crossing points.

Both petitions called for improvements to make it safer for residents and schoolchildren.

Mr Rogers said, when he contacted the council last March, he was told the authority was looking at a design and funding.

He added the council told him something could be done after April 2022 as it was unable to secure the cash needed from any other grants at that stage.

The authority also informed Mr Rogers Sewall Highway was due to be resurfaced and it was unable to put a crossing in until after those works were completed.

Mr Rogers questioned why the council did not install the crossing at the same time the road was resurfaced and was concerned as to how much extra this would cost.

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