A new crossing in memory of Sheffield teen Jasmyn Chan is to open this month – but campaigners say drivers are still speeding at the spot where she died.
Pedestrians are already using the ‘puffin crossing’ on Normanton Hill, Intake, where 14-year-old Jasmyn was hit by speeding driver Naseeb Ellahi in May 2014, but it will be officially opened in a ceremony on Monday, October 19.
Jasmyn saved her friend Tia Tucker’s life by pushing her out of the way, and the ‘selfless heroine’ was honoured with a posthumous national award.
But campaigners who have fought for the £440,000 road safety scheme – and presented a 12,751-strong petition to Sheffield Council – say people are still speeding on the road.
A radar check was used on the road again this week to monitor speeds of those passing the crossing, which is used by school pupils.
Sandra Bradley, who started the petition, said: “The last information we have got is that the average speed there is 39mph.
“But the design of the crossing with extra poles on top can be seen way up the road. The road is still very dangerous and I don’t know how we can educate people about this.
“The crossing means an awful lot to Jasmyn’s family – for generations to come she will always be remembered.”
Marie Gratton, Tia’s step grandmother, said: “We got a taxi today and the driver said the crossing was amazing but there was still speeding.
“He was a dad. His son went to school years ago and he was so scared about him crossing the road that he used to go and meet him.
“What that road needs is a speed camera looking both ways.”
Both women were fulsome in their thanks for everyone who signed the original petition, and to Sheffield Council contractor Amey for completing the scheme in 31 days.
Amey has also designed, for free, special ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ signs. A jasmine plant is planted nearby.
Sandra added: “We have really got to say a massive thank you to everyone – particularly Simon Botterill and Susie Pryor from the council.
“It is great to see the children using the crossing.”
Work on the crossing was delayed slightly because of ‘legalities.’ The council had to write to the Charity Commission in London to ask for consent for the works. At the public opening, from 10.30am on October 19, there will also be a balloon release.
Ellahi was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.