Crossing point ‘danger’ claim by concerned dad

Plea: Steven Allen at the crossing point on Gleadless Road which he wants moved.         Picture: Stuart Hastings.
Plea: Steven Allen at the crossing point on Gleadless Road which he wants moved. Picture: Stuart Hastings.
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A DAD from Sheffield is urging highways bosses to move a road safety measure he fears is causing accidents.

Steven Allen, of Ashfield Close, Gleadless, says there have been repeated collisions at the pedestrian refuge on Gleadless Road.

He believes the problem is caused by its location, just beyond the brow of a hill, and its special tall kerbstones.

Mr Allen, aged 52, a retail manager, said: “There have been several accidents at the crossing. It is supposed to make life safer for pedestrians but it has made the road dangerous.”

Mr Allen said that traffic accelerates to get up the steep hill on Gleadless Road from the Gleadless Valley estate before heading over the brow of a hill and encountering the refuge.

He said: “The crossing refuge is in a dip at the narrowest point of the road and some drivers have not been able to see it in time so they have had accidents.

“I’ve seen one car overturn by accidentally driving onto the extra high kerbstones.

“On another occasion, a bus has driven right through the refuge island.”

Mr Allen, who is married to Cheryl, a saleswoman at Atkinsons on The Moor, said he is particularly concerned when their 11-year-old daughter Charlotte, a pupil at nearby Springs Academy, uses the crossing.

“Pedestrians and motorists are at risk and the crossing needs moving to a more suitable location,” Mr Allen said.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The pedestrian refuge was installed in 2001 in response to public requests for a safer crossing point for pedestrians from the Fleury Estate to a bus stop on Gleadless Road and we feel it is still required.

“The refuge is protected at each end by a white line system and safety kerbs. There is an adjacent street light and the keep left signs at each end are LED lit, with reflective faces. There is little more that could be done to make this refuge more visible. A report into the bus accident found driver behaviour to blame.”