Brampton Bierlow crossing petition signed by 1,000

By Antony Clay | 01/09/2017

Brampton Bierlow crossing petition signed by 1,000
Naomi Saxon (right) and her mum Andrea Adams with the petition, at Knollbeck Lane zebra crossing. 171470-2

A WORRIED mum has collected more than 1,000 names on a petition to make a road safer after a pedestrian was left with life-threatening injuries.

Naomi Saxon (26) is also organising a protest at the crossing on Knollbeck Lane, Brampton Bierlow, at 12.30pm tomorrow, to highlight the dangers.

She said drivers were failing to stop at the toucan crossing and she had written to Rotherham Borough Council calling for traffic lights to be installed.

Mrs Saxon, of Knollbeck Lane, said drivers do not legally have to stop unless someone has stepped out onto the crossing but many motorists did not even put the brakes on when people needed to cross.

The protest comes after a collision between a car and a pedestrian on August 16 in which a man suffered life-threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by police.

Mrs Saxon said she expected at least 50 people to attend tomorrow's protest.

She said: "I cross this road several times a day and nine out of ten times the traffic doesn't stop.

"It is on a main road and there is a school and shops nearby. Its where the children cross."

Mrs Saxon said she believed there had been a petition about the crossing before.

She added: "The council said the road was not busy enough but it's a constantly busy road."

Ian Ashmore, the council's transportation and highways design manager, said the authority was working with ward councillors to look at the possibility of installing a better crossing.

He said: "We will be happy to look at the details of the petition and will work with residents to address the issues they raise.

"We will investigate the accident record of Knollbeck Lane together with vehicle speeds and assess whether the existing zebra crossing is the most appropriate form of crossing for the location, taking into account the results of the police investigation into the accident on August 16."

Visit to sign the petition.


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