Busy Preston road in line for zebra crossing after campaign

Campaign success: Coun John Potter at Cadley Causeway

Campaign success: Coun John Potter at Cadley Causeway

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A major road could be in line for a pedestrian crossing, following community campaigns.

Cadley Causeway in Fulwood is to be considered for a zebra crossing after a survey by highways bosses.

It’s not guaranteed, there are quite a few hurdles to get over, but it’s a really important first step that county realise it’s needed.

Coun John Potte

Leaders say there are more hurdles to overcome before the scheme is installed, but have celebrated the news.

Coun John Potter, who represents Cadley ward, said: “There are schools, there’s a park, there’s a church, we have lots of sheltered accommodation and it’s a very busy road.”

In June, a 17-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a car on Cadley Causeway.

Coun Potter said: “It’s not guaranteed, there are quite a few hurdles to get over, but it’s a really important first step that county realise it’s needed.

“There is a camera there to slow people down, but it’s still a 30mph road. There are a lot of cars pulling out from everywhere, children, old people, it’s a recipe for an accident.”

Ridwan Musa, Lancashire County Council highways manager, said: “A count of traffic and pedestrian movements, along with consideration of the accident record, show a need for a zebra crossing on Cadley Causeway near to St Anthony’s Church. We’ve put this forward for inclusion in the list of road safety schemes to be considered for funding in next year’s programme.

“In the meantime, this has been included on the list of sites between which we rotate ‘smiley face’ speed indicator signs to make drivers more aware of their speed, with a sign to be located there for a period in September.

“We’ll also discuss with the police whether any further action may be appropriate.”

St Anthony’s School governor Steve Tiernan described the news as “fantastic”.