Campaigners win battle over Sheffield accident blackspot

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SHEFFIELD Council has apologised for ‘miscommunication’ about whether a pedestrian crossing will be created at an accident blackspot.

Wincobank community campaigner Bridget Ingle had asked for a pedestrian crossing to be added when lights at the Barrow Road and Tyler Street junction are upgraded.

The signals are being replaced as part of Streets Ahead work to revamp highways in the area over the next three months, from Monday.

Bridget was earlier told the lights would be ‘made ready’ so a pedestrian phase could be added – but the improvement may have to take place at a later date.

Bridget said: “The bottom line is that I’m just happy that the crossing is being installed. Had there been a delay, I was going to organise a public meeting and a possible street blockade in protest.

“If they were not installing the pedestrian crossing when the lights are replaced, I don’t think they would have gone back at a later date.”

Bridget has been calling for the crossing and other safety measures to make Tyler Street safer for pedestrians.

She started her campaign after the death of Wincobank resident Jan Westney, who was killed when a car mounted the kerb on Tyler Street last summer.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment and street scene, said: “It was not always clear whether the work could be delivered at the same time as the Streets Ahead works and we apologise if there was any miscommunication.”