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Report urges councils to improve road crossings

LOCAL AUTHORITIES were accused this week of saying they would only improve dangerous road crossings if a certain number of people died while using them.

Thirty four per cent of the local authorities which have received complaints about dangerous pedestrian crossings told the Pedestrian Association that they would do nothing to improve them.

A Pedestrian Association report to be published this week claims that some denied there was a problem, while others said they would only act if a certain number of pedestrians were killed.

The report identifies the most difficult to cross roads in Britain.

'Amazingly, 10 councils were reported as saying something along the lines 'there haven't been enough people killed/ injured yet', ' says the report.

The report urges councils to audit local road networks - especially around schools, shops, housing estates, libraries, parks and sports centres. It says they should assess the quality of their road crossings and make improvements. Signal timings should be changed immediately so as to give pedestrians higher priority.

Eighty four good crossings were also identified in the report.


Many roads to cross priced £5 is available from the Pedestrian Association Publications Unit, 31-33 Bondway, London SW8 1SJ.

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