Sheffield accident blackspot crossing plan delay

Community campaigner Bridget Ingle.
Community campaigner Bridget Ingle.
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Bridget, daughter of boxing trainer Brendan, is leading calls for better road safety measures on Tyler Street, after the death of pedestrian Jan Westney, last summer.

A pedestrian crossing has been installed at the Brightside end of Tyler Street but Bridget wants a crossing at the Wincobank end, at the traffic light junction with Barrow Road.

Bridget believes the crossing would help slow down traffic as well as make the route easier for pedestrians.

She said she was assured that consideration would be given to adding a pedestrian crossing when the lights are replaced as part of Streets Ahead work in the area.

But the council said design work for the pedestrian crossing has not been completed in time to coincide with Streets Ahead work which has now started.

Bridget said: “It is clear to me now there was never any intention to put a crossing in near the medical centre. I have just been strung along for months. I can’t tell you how upset I am. The council is not going to go back and revisit this site and yet again I am being fobbed off.”

More than 1,000 people signed an online ‘e-petition’ calling for road safety improvements after Jan Westney’s death.

Jan, aged 53, was walking from her home in Wincobank to work at Meadowhall when she was struck by a car which mounted the pavement, knocking her down a railway embankment.

In an email to Bridget, Sheffield Council highways officer Gemma Carl said: “While we are still aiming to incorporate our proposals into the existing works I cannot say at this point whether it will be possible, given they are now on site.

“Amey are going to replace the signals to a standard that allows pedestrian facilities to be added at a later date. This is not the ideal solution but we have always acknowledged there was a tight timescale.”