COFTON Hackett will become the first area in Worcestershire to get a revolutionary new pedestrian crossing system.
The long-awaited traffic calming measures are being introduced to Groveley Lane which is not deemed busy enough pedestrian-wise to merit a zebra or pelican crossing.
So instead there will be an ‘uncontrolled crossing point’ with a solar-powered double LED warning system which is triggered by sensors. Signs 15 to 20 metres away from the crossing point (pictured right) will let drivers know they are approaching an area used by pedestrians.
Another sign on the footpath – also triggered by vehicle sensors – will light up and inform pedestrians that, although unseen, traffic is coming.
The system is quick to install, easy to set up and fully approved by the Highways Agency. As well as the crossing system, there will also be a gated area to make it clear to pedestrians where the crossing point is and new lamp posts to improve visibility at night and to ensure the signs are clearly seen.
Previously measures such as speed bumps would have been installed to reduce speeds but, according to consultation results, residents living nearby were not keen on those being used.
Coun Peter McDonald told The Standard: “It is really good news to see the actual work begin after so many years of promises and no action.
“Over the years there have been public meetings with many different plans being put forward, but the final plan was met with none or little objection from local residents.
“This is a real success story and demonstrates what can be accomplished by local residents who I was only too pleased give help and support to.”
Coun Marcus Hart, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: “Pedestrians should still make sure the road is clear before crossing as the signs do not stop traffic but make motorists aware of someone trying to cross.
“They will be monitored once installed and if we feel they work well, we would consider using them on other roads in the county.”
Work on the project is now under way – the signs will be installed in mid-March, the road is expected to be resurfaced by May and all work, including markings, should be completed by June.