New zebra crossing is good news for shoppers

Corby, Huw Watson at the new zebra crossing on Studfall Avenue outside the shops. He campaigned for it and the crossing has now been recently installed. 'campaigner Huw Watson 'Wednesday 18th January, 2012
Corby, Huw Watson at the new zebra crossing on Studfall Avenue outside the shops. He campaigned for it and the crossing has now been recently installed. 'campaigner Huw Watson 'Wednesday 18th January, 2012

Pedestrians who cross a busy road to use shops in Corby are celebrating the installation of a new zebra crossing.

Huw Watson, who has owned launderette business A1 Launderama in Studfall Avenue for the past 27 years, campaigned for the crossing after seeing elderly people struggling to cross using the traffic islands.

Mr Watson also found himself subject to a near miss when an illness meant he was unable to cross the road quickly.

The businessman presented a petition to Northamptonshire County Council bearing more than 100 names supporting the creation of a zebra crossing outside the parade of shops.

He said he was “very pleased” after works to resurface the road and install the crossing were completed.

He said: “It is already certainly helping people out. It has illuminated the area as well around here which wasn’t well lit before – it’s far safer to cross the road.

“I didn’t think we would ever get here with all of the funding cuts but safety seems to have prevailed so it is all well and good.

“A lot of the customers think it’s a great thing. We needed it for the area around here.

“It’s certainly a help for elderly people to cross the road.”

Traffic was diverted while a week-long diversion was in place after the works started on Monday, January 9.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We’d been liaising with Mr Watson directly as he and other residents had raised concerns about crossing the road in Studfall Avenue, Corby.

“After we received a petition, a feasibility study was carried out and it was decided to proceed with work to install the zebra crossing.”

The spokesman added: “The work has now been completed, along with some resurfacing work in the adjacent area.”

Grace Rutherford, 64, a resident of Islay Walk, welcomed the crossing.

She said: ”I think it’s a good idea because it’s a bad road to get across with the surgery being there and the church. When the buses are running it’s terrible to get across that road, especially if you are going for a bus.

“I know there have been a few near misses there.”