Petition calls for action over 'dangerous' junction

By Tim Clarke Thursday 15 November 2012 Updated: 19/11 10:29

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MORE than 300 residents have signed a petition calling for improved safety measures close to a busy junction which campaigners say is putting the lives of the elderly and disabled at risk.

The petition urges the county council to look at how it can make crossing the Bilford Road near the canal bridge and the Costcutter shop close to the junction with Astwood Road safer for pedestrians.

City councillor Neil Laurenson and Green Party colleague Matthew Jenkins were due to present the petition of 331 names to a meeting of the council at County Hall today (Thursday).

It comes almost a year after we first revealed Coun Laurenson's efforts to bring about action amid growing concerns that someone would soon be killed on the busy stretch of road.

It is frequently crossed by pupils from the nearby Tudor Grange Academy as well as people trying to get to the Costcutter convenience store.

But the 'dangerous' bend where Astwood Road and Bilford Road meet has left some elderly and disabled residents too scared to try and cross it.

Coun Laurenson's appeal has so far fallen on deaf ears with highways officials but he hopes the petition will persuade them to reconsider.

"Many people I have spoken to say they know someone who has been hit on that road but the incidents are not all reported. We don't want to wait until there is a fatality to kick-start some action," he said.

Green Party council spokesman Mr Jenkins added: "Elderly and disabled residents are finding it virtually impossible to cross this busy road, with several stating they no longer try."

A council spokesman said it would formally respond to the issues raised by the petition.

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