Work on new Jasmyn Chan crossing in Sheffield could start this summer

The scene of the crash
The scene of the crash
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Work on a new £440,000 road safety scheme at the spot where Sheffield teen Jasmyn Chan was killed is set to start this summer.

Jasmyn was killed by speeding driver Naseeb Ellahi when he ploughed into the 14-year-old, who had bravely pushed her friend Tia Tucker out of the way, on Normanton Hill, Intake, in May 2014.

Ellahi, who snorted cocaine on the day of the collision and left the girls for dead, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in January for a string of motoring offences.

Reports before a Sheffield Council committee next week outline details of the new signal-controlled crossing and works to be installed on Normanton Hill, at the entrance to Richmond Park.

The council agreed to create ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ after a 12,751-strong petition was handed in and the meeting on Thursday is the final hurdle plans must clear.

It is recommended the scheme is approved for design and implementation.

Reports say a survey showed 337 people crossed Normanton Hill in a day - many school pupils.

It adds: “The introduction of a pedestrian crossing should reduce the number and severity of collisions and reduce the fear of collisions.”

The cost of the works was originally put at £250,000 but is now estimated to be £440,000, including future maintenance, a new access road to two homes and allotments plus the relocation of bus stops. Council spending plans will be ‘re-prioritised’ to deliver it.

Sandra Bradley, who started the petition for a crossing and speed measures on the road, said: “The cost of this is nothing compared to a child’s life. We’ve been wanting this for decades.

“It needs doing as soon as possible.

Current access to Normanton Hill through a corner of Richmond Park will be retained for pedestrians with a barrier to stop people going straight into the road.

In consultation residents questioned whether the scheme would work and if relocating a bus stop to the brow of the hill was potentially ‘dangerous’.