Sheffield Council to build £250,000 road safety scheme in honour of heroic Jasmyn Chan

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A quarter-of-a-million-pound pedestrian crossing is to be built at the spot where tragic Sheffield schoolgirl Jasmyn Chan was killed in a hit-and-run collision earlier this year.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet is due to approve the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Normanton Hill at its next meeting on Wednesday.

It follows more than 12,000 people signing a petition demanding improved safety measures on the road, following the death on May 9 of 14-year-old Jasmyn, who pushed her friend out of the way of an oncoming car.

Since July, almost 500 people have been caught speeding on the road.

It is intended the scheme will be known as ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ and be built in the 2015/16 financial year, with the project estimated to cost around £250,000.

Petition organiser Sandra Bradley said: “It’s good to see that the council is taking this issue most seriously. I’m so pleased with the way the community has come together after this terrible tragedy to help find solutions to the problems, but it is dreadful so many drivers are still driving at such reckless and dangerous speeds in what is a 30 mile speed limit.

“Jazzy’s Crossing will not only be a lasting tribute to a very courageous teenager, but more importantly help to prevent any further tragedies on this very dangerous stretch of road.”

Councillor Jack Scott said: “This was a truly tragic incident.

”We have already been working with our partners to reduce the speed of vehicles using Normanton Hill. The police have been undertaking regular speed enforcement checks and improvements have been made to the warning signs on the road. The Streets Ahead Improvement work in that area will include new, brighter street lights to ensure the park entrance and bus stop are properly lit. We need a permanent controlled crossing point to improve pedestrian safety for everyone needing to cross that road, and so I’m pleased the report to cabinet is going to make this happen.”

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