Following concerns over the safety of children attending nearby schools, the Council is proposing to install a new Puffin crossing on Knutsford Road.
Having conducted a survey of the current uncontrolled crossing point on Knutsford Road, close to the junctions with Church Road, Upcast Lane and Gravel Lane, Cheshire East Highways have identified a need for a signal controlled crossing for pedestrians.
Additionally, changes to the current layout of the road system in the area are proposed to ensure safe movement for both pedestrians and motorists.
These include the introduction of a one way system on Church Road from the entrance off Knutsford Road to the junction with St Johns Road. This is required due to reduced visibility for motorists once the crossing has been built.
The Council is also proposing to relocate the bus stop lay-by that is currently located on Knutsford Road. This will be moved to Gravel Lane to make way for the new Puffin crossing.
Councillors Rod Menlove, Ellie Brooks and Gary Barton have issued the following statement regarding the proposed changes.
"Child safety is paramount and the central refuge in the road at the crossing point is inadequate. The proposal for consultation is a light controlled pedestrian crossing similar to the one further up Knutsford Road.
"It must be stressed that this is an informal consultation to seek responses from local residents. These will be considered and influence any decision to progress or not to a formal (Traffic Regulation Order) stage.
"Earlier this year CE councillors met with Lindow Primary PTA and Management, at their request, for them to highlight their concerns over the dangers of this crossing. Clearly pupil safety is paramount so the current proposals were developed and the options of action or no action put to parents. The response was low but the preference was for action with a pedestrian crossing and the consequent one-way system.
"The road layout at the crossing point together with house frontages being in private ownership, leaves one option only for the position of a crossing. Entry from Knutsford Rd in to Church Street is maintained. However Highway regulations dictate that you cannot turn onto a pedestrian crossing so exit is not possible - hence a one-way system would have to follow.
"We do understand that this will be inconvenient but we share the view of Lindow Primary that the balance must be weighted towards safety. The solution of a pelican crossing will also help to slow the speed of traffic in general."
As these proposals will have an effect on the road network, local residents are requested to email their comments to Cheshire East Council by Monday, 29th August, including your name and address.
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