25th Oct, 2020

Crossing bid for busy Evesham road finally given green light

Rob George 15th Aug, 2018

A LONG-RUNNING campaign for a puffin crossing on Davies Road has come to an end after council highways chiefs confirmed work to install the traffic light controlled safety measure would soon start.

Calls for a crossing began a number of years ago following Wychavon District Council’s investment in the nearby Charity Brook Park.

At the time Coun John Smith, who represents Eveaham on Worcestershire County Council and the then Wychavon District Councillor Andrew Dyke identified a crossing was necessary in the Cheltenham Road/Davies Road area to protect local residents using the park.

Despite their pleas, calls for a crossing were ignored by county chiefs in favour of other schemes which took priority.

But highways chiefs are now set to remove the double yellow lines, paint new zig zag lines along Davies Road and install a puffin crossing. This type of crossing features traffic lights which go green again only when no more pedestrians are detected on the crossing by infrared detectors and mats.

“When the district council invested in the park, Andrew and I realised a crossing was needed for people using the park, walking to the town centre and for those travelling to and from schools and the college in Davies Road,” Coun Smith said.

“Worcestershire County Council officers agreed with us and a comprehensive traffic survey took place which also revealed a need. However, other schemes took priority at the time.

“But we both kept the pressure on to make funding available and I’m delighted the work is now about to start. I look forward to the installation of the crossing, making crossing Davies Road much safer for everyone.”

A delighted Mr Dyke said he welcomed the introduction of the crossing for local residents.

The funding for the new crossing has been made available after planning permission was given to redevelop Sinclair

Transport’s site on Davies Road.

Money from the developers as part of the approval will be spent on installing the crossing.

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