Crossing work is finally set to get green light

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IMPROVEMENTS will finally be made to pedestrian crossings at a busy junction in a Sheffield suburb – but will take two years to be fully implemented with council bosses blaming a shortage of funding caused by budget cuts.

The £400,000 project at the junction of Crookes, Nile Street and Whitham Road, in Broomhill, was removed from the council’s budget for the 2011/12, but ruling Labour councillors have revealed £250,000 will be allocated for the scheme in the 2012/13 year and balance in 2013/14.

The junction has elderly traffic lights with no ‘green man’ phase for pedestrians.

Howard Fry, secretary of Broomhill Forum, said: “This is very welcome news. At the moment, people have to take their chances between traffic when crossing the road. It can be very difficult for elderly people or mothers with pushchairs.”

Coun Paul Scriven, who represents Broomhill, said: “It’s vital the council stumps up the cash immediately. At a time when Labour councillors are wasting £2,200,000 redecorating the Town Hall, they cannot argue money is not available.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, Labour cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Labour have recognised that this crossing is important for road safety in the area.”