New ‘safer’ crossing installation underway

L-R Coun Alan Lee, Coun Ian Turner and Coun Mike Brookes at site of new pelican crossing works taking place in Kirton High Street.
L-R Coun Alan Lee, Coun Ian Turner and Coun Mike Brookes at site of new pelican crossing works taking place in Kirton High Street.

Work has finally begun to replace Kirton’s zebra crossing – to the relief of those who campigned for improved safety measures.

Lincolnshire County Council began installing an £80,000 signal-controlled pelican crossing along the High Street on Monday – with the work expected to last two 
weeks.

It is hoped the new crossing will help to cut the number of incidents where motorists fail to stop at the crossing.

For a number of years, residents, parish and county councillors had been appealing for the improvements. Supporters say the current crossing is dangerous as it is located near to two junctions on a ‘blind bend’ – with many drivers failing to stop.

Parish councillor Alan Lee and county councillor Michael Brookes were behind 
the campaign.

Coun Lee said: “It’s a busy road which splits the village in half so a lot of people cross there, including primary school children.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work and I would like to thank Coun Brookes, Andy Wharf at LCC highways and the community for getting behind this and making it happen.”

Coun Brookes added: “I am delighted we have been able to give residents this new crossing to help keep them safer from traffic.”

The puffin crossing will be installed under temporary two-way traffic lights.

The road will be closed between the junctions of King Street and Station Road on Sunday for resurfacing work, with a local diversion route in place.