This busy crossing in Sheffield city centre has been branded one of the most dangerous in Britain – with pedestrians ‘dicing with death’ every day.
Fourteen people have suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment on the crossing on Fitzalan Square and Commercial Street between 2005 and 2013. The Department for Transport figures rank the crossing as the sixth worst for pedestrian injuries in the UK.
Nearby shop workers today labelled the crossing a ‘nightmare’ and said pedestrians were ‘dicing with death’ every day.
Diane Spooner, aged 58, of Penrith Crescent, Shirecliffe, manager of Cooplands bakery, said: “I’m not surprised in the slightest that it’s made the list. it’s an absolute nightmare.”
“We see it all from our shop window – I’d say there are at least 15 incidents a week when people nearly get run over.
“Just yesterday we saw two lasses nearly get hit by a lorry.
“People think they can jump the lights and they are dicing with death in some instances.”
The busy crossing is well-known for the loud speaker system which warns pedestrians to ‘look both ways’.
On one side car and bus traffic comes from both directions and on the other there is a double tram line route.
Sandra Dyson, 52, of Albert Terrace, Upperthorpe, assistant manager at Cooplands, added: “We work so close the speakers we’ve now become accustomed to them by now.
“People don’t listen to the speakers, they don’t look either.
“We see it all from the shop window on the crossing.”
Fay Salisbury, 47, of Birley Moor Road, Frecheville, who was using the crossing, said: “I’m not surprised it’s made the list.
“I always wait for the lights to turn but a lot of people don’t and go across when they are rushing.
“People don’t listen to the speakers either.”
One elderly pedestrian, of Melton Close, Owlthorpe, said: “I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life and it’s always been a bad crossing with the traffic and trams.
“We would usually get off at the Cathedral because it’s much safer but because of the tram works we can’t.”
The government data ranks London’s Oxford Street as the most unsafe area for pedestrians with 18 incidents.
Other areas that made the list are two more in the capital, Nottingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and Brighton.