Residents win campaign for crossing

The Jamb in Corby where a pedestrian crossing is to be installed after a campaign by residents and councillors
The Jamb in Corby where a pedestrian crossing is to be installed after a campaign by residents and councillors

Residents have won their campaign for a pedestrian crossing.

Today Northamptonshire County Council agreed to instal the crossing in The Jamb in Corby Old Village.

At a public meeting earlier this month people said they feared someone would be killed or seriously injured trying to cross the road.

Now the county council has agreed to install the crossing from outside the post office in The Jamb.

The move will mean losing one parking bay and reducing the bus lane on the opposite side of the road.

Corby councillors Ray Lilley and Stan Heggs have campaigned for the crossing on behalf of residents for the past 18 months.

Cllr Lilley said: “I am absolutely delighted that the county council has agreed to put in a pedestrian crossing and that the money needed has been earmarked for the project.

“The effort that has been put in by everyone has been worth it.”

A meeting is to be held in August when Sarah Barnwell, community liaison officer with the county council’s highways department, will give more details of improvements.

Signs are to be put up in High Street and The Jamb warning motorists of elderly people crossing the road and road markings will also be changed in a bid to slow down traffic.

Resident Dennis Sellars, of Chapel Lane, in the Old Village, has collected 500 names on a petition calling for a zebra crossing.

Cllr Heggs said, “Safety for pedestrians crossing The Jamb is absolutely paramount. Despite initial difficulties in finding a safe area to place the crossing, we are working with the experts to find a way to make the road safer.”