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Safety pledge

Date published: 14 January 2014

Campaigners have won their fight for better safety measures at the notorious zebra crossing that claimed the life of12-year-old Annalise Holt before Christmas.

The danger crossing will get a “significant upgrade” in plans to increase safety throughout the borough, Oldham Council has confirmed.

Annalise died after being hit by a van on the hazardous Milnrow Road zebra in Shaw, sparking a public outcry.

Now the council has committed to changes which could include traffic lights and speed-calming measures. Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet member for environment and housing, confirmed the council will do whatever it can to ease safety concerns.

He said: “It’s only right we undertake a thorough review of the crossing in Shaw following the tragic death of Annalise. We’re aware of the petitions and we’ve also spoken with ward members who made it clear they wanted a full review of the layout and signage.

“We have listened and are committed to acting on those concerns. Once a final design is prepared it will be shared with the public.”

A review of crossing sites with similar pedestrian and traffic levels is also underway across the borough, due for completion in March.

Comments

At last good news for shaw residents. Just a shame it took a tragic young death to take positive action.

The council never acts on peoples concerns about road safety until some serious or fatal accident, its always been the same, location of crossings or school parking its well documented. Lets hope they listen in the future to avoid these tragic accidents.

Spot on Ernie. After complaining to the council about pedestrian safety issues on the notorious Jubilee bend I was met with statistics indicating no fatalities in the past few years. Although I managed to get acknowledgement of the HGV's regularly mounting the footpath, the kerbstones provided the evidence, I was told nothing would be done.

 

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