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Work starts on new zebra crossing after safety fears

Work starts on new zebra crossing after safety fears

Published by Emma Carton at 7:40am 22nd January 2019. (Updated at 7:46am 22nd January 2019)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Children, parents and local residents are all celebrating after work started on a new crossing near a local school in Cornwall.

Work started today to install the new crossing on Kenwyn Road in Truro where there has long been a campaign to get a safer route for schoolchildren at St Mary's School and other pedestrians.

The new £67,000 zebra crossing has been funded using money secured from developers in planning applications.

It will link the Hendra estate with Kenwyn Church, St Mary's School and Truro Nursery and the Trehaverne neighbourhood with the green spaces of Victoria Gardens and Hendra, including the popular skate park.

"I'm delighted to have confirmation that work will start on getting this much-needed crossing in place in a matter of days.

"It does seem like an eternity since Cornwall Council announced the crossing would be put in last May, and I’m sure since then, many people, myself included have been looking for signs of work starting every time they pass that particular junction.

"But we are there now and credit must be given to the St Mary's School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) who have campaigned so hard and for long to make sure local children are provided with the necessary highway measures to get to and from school in safety".

Councillor and local resident, Dulcie Tudor

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport, said they have "listened to the local community".

"Their campaigning and the work of their local Cornwall councillors has been key to making this scheme a reality.

"This new crossing enables residents to safely walk from their homes to school, open spaces and the shops and other services in the city".

Councillor Geoff Brown

David Harris, Cornwall councillor for Truro Trehaverne has also welcomed the news:

"This pedestrian crossing is a welcome improvement to this particular stretch of road.

"Improving the safety of pedestrians and drivers on our roads is of paramount importance and so it is important that we are able to deliver this crossing which will make a huge difference to the whole community".

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall councillor for Truro Kenwyn, added:

"The campaigners who have successfully made the case have been focused, provided good evidence and have built positive relationships which have enabled it to move forward in what is, for a scheme such as this, quite a speedy manner.

"The interaction between pedestrians and vehicles is a big challenge and it is important that communities can function securely and freely.

"I'm sure that, once complete, this crossing will enhance safety, build confidence and improve the quality of life for a large number of people".

Campaigner Lisa Smith Walker, parent and governor at St Mary’s School, said:

"We are delighted that the crossing is imminent. Fellow parent Debbie Schmid and I have been campaigning for two years for the crossing, which we hope will make the junction much safer for both pedestrians and motorists.

"Visibility at the Hendra/Kenwyn junction is poor, and the traffic is fast and busy – this will help to calm the traffic along the whole of Kenwyn Road as well as making crossing the road so much safer for everyone.

"There are so many near misses out there, hopefully the crossing will help prevent a tragedy.

"The support from our community has been amazing and we'd like to say a massive thank you for that, and also to our local councillors for their help".

Lisa Smith Walker

To minimise disruption the works are taking place between 7pm and 6am with traffic lights controlling traffic.

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