Protest walk to highlight safety problems with Sheffield junction

The crossing point in Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, which comes out opposite a junction and a blind corner. It is the route home for many High Storrs School pupils. Martin Jacobs's daughter, 12, was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and wrist while crossing the road.
The crossing point in Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, which comes out opposite a junction and a blind corner. It is the route home for many High Storrs School pupils. Martin Jacobs's daughter, 12, was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and wrist while crossing the road.
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Campaigners fighting to get a Sheffield road crossing redesigned have organised a demonstration.

Martin and Lyndsey Jacobs are petitioning Sheffield Council to change the layout of the junction of Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Road after their daughter Grace, 12, was hit by a car while crossing on her way home from High Storrs School.

The crossing point in Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, which comes out opposite a junction and a blind corner. It is the route home for many High Storrs School pupils.

The crossing point in Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, which comes out opposite a junction and a blind corner. It is the route home for many High Storrs School pupils.

The couple say the design of the road, where a footpath emerges opposite an angled T-junction, is unsafe.

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They have organised a ‘safe crossing protest walk’ on September 5 and have urged people to get involved.

Martin said: “We are looking for as many parents with children, along with walkers, runners and others to walk with us to bring attention to the problem of crossing this busy junction experienced by over 100 school children everyday.”

The group will meet at the junction of Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Wood Road at 7.45am, walking to High Storrs School with a target arrival time of 8.30am.

Anyone who attends should wear a high visibility vest. There will be some spares on the day.

A petition calling for improvements already has 2,000 signatures, and Martin hopes to get to 5,000 to force a discussion at the council.

Martin said he had offered to raise the money to pay for a crossing further along the road, but the council had turned him down.

The council said it had agreed to extend the Greystones 20mph zone to include the section of Hangingwater Road to the traffic lights at Oakbrook Road, and signs that say ‘Children Crossing’ had been provided.

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