A zebra crossing used by hundreds of schoolchildren every day has been branded “a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Pedestrians and drivers alike have raised so many safety concerns about the Black Bull Lane crossing in Fulwood, that a local councillor has launched a campaign urging traffic managers to act “before someone is killed”.
Coun Dave Hammond says the zebra, near the junction with Kings Drive and Boys Lane, has seen so many minor bumps and near-misses in the last two years that it is only a matter of time before a serious accident happens.
“It’s frightening,” he said. “There are four schools in that area, with a combined total of something like 3,000 children.
“A lot of those use this crossing day in day out, and I dread to think what could happen if we don’t take action soon.”
Coun Hammond is to urge Lancashire County Council to upgrade the crossing to a pelican with traffic lights.
He claims the junction has become much busier, especially around times when children are either on the way to or leaving Fulwood Academy, Our Lady’s RC High School, Fulwood and Cadley Primary and Queens Drive Primary. “It has always been a dodgy junction, but it has now become a very dangerous one, for both motorists and pedestrians,” he said.
“There have been numerous complaints. I have heard about several near-misses and there have been accidents too, many of which haven’t been reported.
“Something has to be done before someone is killed. Only the other day someone’s trousers were ripped by a passing car.”
Paul Dunne, county council highways manager for Preston, said: “We have not been made aware of a particular issue here, but we’d be happy to discuss Coun Hammond’s concerns with him and assess the usage and safety of the current crossing.”