Action to tackle 'dangerous' pedestrian crossing in Stroud
HIGHWAYS officials are to take action because motorists are putting lives at risk on a pedestrian crossing.
Rodborough resident Colin Newman said he has been almost run over on six occasions on the crossing in Stroud town centre.
Gloucestershire County Council is now going to narrow the road to force drivers to slow down.
"It's only a pedestrian crossing, there's no lights nor sanctuary in the middle," said Mr Newman, who regularly walks in to Stroud to do his shopping.
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"Quite a lot of drivers just don't see the crossing, or ignore it.
"I have almost been run over and dropped my shopping on six occasions because of this."
The crossing was installed opposite the former Stroud and Swindon HQ, now the Ecotricity head office, around three years ago when a new road layout and bridge were installed at Merrywalks. It links pedestrians with Wallbridge and the centre of the town.
"The police have told me they can take action but only if I get a registration number," said Mr Newman, 60, of Lower Spillmans.
"I would like to see something done to make drivers more aware," he said.
A county council spokesman said plans were already in place to deal with the problem.
Mr Newman's wife Ann said that was good news and that he would be delighted.
County council highways manager Daniel Tiffney said: "Due to the width of the road, drivers sometimes approach the zebra crossing two abreast even though it's a single lane and this takes their focus away from the crossing.
"Following concerns raised by residents, we are set to widen the pavement on the Cheapside approach to the crossing to improve driver awareness."