Safety measures after fatal collision

Jan Westney crash site. Jan Westney crash site Tyler Street.'Family and friends gather at the crash site.
Jan Westney crash site. Jan Westney crash site Tyler Street.'Family and friends gather at the crash site.
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SAFETY measures are being implemented on a Sheffield road where a pedestrian was killed after a petition signed by 1,800 residents.

Sheffield Council has agreed to take action on Tyler Street, Wincobank, after grandmother Jan Westney, aged 53, died in July. She was hit by a green Toyota Yaris which mounted the pavement and knocked her down an embankment.

Jan Westney crash site. Jan Westney crash site Tyler Street.' Copy pic of Jan Westney .

Jan Westney crash site. Jan Westney crash site Tyler Street.' Copy pic of Jan Westney .

The crash happened as Jan, who lived in Wincobank, was walking to work at Meadowhall shopping centre. Residents called for action to make traffic drive more slowly and improved crossing facilities.

Bridget Ingle, daughter of boxing trainer Brendan and a friend of Jan’s family, said: “Progress has been slow but our concerns are being recognised and there are plans in place to make the road safer.

“The council’s North East Community Assembly has also had speed indicator devices put on Tyler Street.

“Hopefully, these will reinforce the speed limit on that road is 30mph. In the interim, the police have also been doing speeding checks on a regular basis on that stretch of road.”

The speed indicator devices flash to warn drivers they are breaking the speed limit.

Jan’s nephew, Sam O’Maison, said: “It’s good that improvements are being considered but I’d prefer a speed camera because speed indicator devices can be ignored.

“The pedestrian crossings are a good idea, though.”

Residents have also asked for a wall or barrier on the top of the embankment on Tyler Street, but the council said it only had limited funding.

Gemma Carl, a highways safety officer for Sheffield Council, said: “We are progressing the request for crossing facilities to our design team for feasibility work.

“We are working on two separate requests to be considered - one for incorporating pedestrian signals into the existing traffic signals at the Tyler Street and Barrow Road junction, and a separate request for some form of crossing or other measures to help pedestrians cross Tyler Street near Roman Ridge Road. We obviously need to await the outcome of this feasibility work.”