Work to begin at dangerous crossing

THE FIGHT has been won to get pedestrian crossings at a “dangerous” junction in Market Rasen.

For many years residents and town councillors feared it would only be a matter of time before someone was killed trying to cross the busy Oxford Street junction without any pedestrian crossings in place.

Hundreds of people signed a petition to get something done – and now Lincolnshire County Council has announced it is spending £140,000 on new traffic lights and puffin crossings on all four roads on the junction.

The hi-tech puffin crossings – to be installed in January next year – will detect when people are waiting and stop vehicles for as long as people are crossing the road.

Market Rasen mayor Ken Bridger said: “It’s brilliant news, I’m really pleased, we’ve been fighting for this for many years. It’s long awaited.

“Traffic has increased tremendously and trying to cross the road has become an headache.

“It’s a dangerous junction and the lack of crossings has been a real safety issue. It would have been terrible if someone had got injured and they had done the work afterwards. It is needed now.”

The work is being funded from two highways budgets – £60k from the highways improvement budget and £80k from the traffic signals replacement budget.

County councillor for Market Rasen Wolds, Burt Keimach, said: “We are delighted that money has been identified, especially during tighter financial times, to make these junction improvements a reality.

“The current traffic lights are more than 20 years old and are more than ready to be upgraded.

“This is a busy junction, with two schools nearby, and the new puffin crossings will help people get across the road more safely. The hi-tech traffic lights and puffin crossings will work together to keep everyone moving, whether they are driving or on foot.

“This will be a boon to mothers with children, and of course to the handicapped or elderly.

“We know people have been campaigning for this for many years and we’re pleased that it’s now coming to fruition for the benefit of all those living in the town.”

The work will start on January 9 and will take six weeks. The junction will be closed for one weekend, February 10-11 and there will diversions in place.