Crossing goes in on busy road

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A zebra crossing is set to be installed on a Corby road after a successful campaign by a businessman was backed by residents.

More than 100 people signed a petition calling on highway bosses to put in a pedestrian crossing close to the parade of shops in Studfall Avenue earlier this year. Work on the project began yesterday.

Huw Watson, who has owned launderette A1 Launderama for 27 years, started the petition in the summer after he was the victim of a near-miss while crossing the road.

He presented it to Northamptonshire County Council to try to persuade the authority to take action.

He said: “My quest for a zebra crossing started when I was very ill and was very slow getting across the road, to the point I was narrowly missed by a bus.”

Mr Watson said he has also seen elderly people struggling to cross the road outside his business where there are just traffic islands to help pedestrians to cross.

He said he was pleased with the outcome, adding: “It will help the community so much, from the old to the young, making it safer for them and will slow the traffic down as well because they fly along here. We get a lot of old, disabled and partially-sighted people here. It will make a lot of difference to them.”

In January last year, Corby Council carried out a speeding review and caught a motorist travelling at 59mph in the 20mph section of the road, while 85 per cent of those monitored were found to be driving at speeds of 28mph or above.

Mr Watson added: “I was worried they wouldn’t consider it because of the cost. I was thinking they would cut back on everything but when it comes to safety, they certainly haven’t, which is a good thing.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “A seven-day road closure from Monday, January 9, will be in place on Studfall Avenue between Clydesdale Road and Tanfields Grove.

“This is so resurfacing work and the installation of a pedestrian crossing can take place. While the work is ongoing a diversion will be in place along Occupation Road and Tanfields Grove.

“We have been liaising with Mr Watson directly and with other residents who had raised concerns about crossing the road in Studfall Avenue.”