Green light for new crossing

CROSS PURPOSES: Locals and councillors are all smiles during the grand switch-on of the new puffin crossing in Oakenshaw. (d204a245)
CROSS PURPOSES: Locals and councillors are all smiles during the grand switch-on of the new puffin crossing in Oakenshaw. (d204a245)

Campaigners in Oakenshaw were rejoicing this week after winning a six-year battle to get a crossing put onto a dangerous stretch of road.

Oakenshaw Residents’ Association joined local councillors for the official switch-on of a puffin crossing at Bradford Road, near St Andrew’s Church.

Plans for a light-controlled crossing were given the green light back in August.

David Rhodes, chairman of the residents’ association, said it was a great day for the area.

He said: “I could not believe it when it was announced that we were getting the crossing.

“I got the honour of switching the lights on – it was an achievement we have been fighting for. Our group has four meetings a year, and it has always been the first item on the agenda. To be honest, we were getting a bit sick of it, so it is a great relief that this is finally sorted.”

The campaign had received the backing of local Lib-Dem councillors Kath and Andrew Pinnock and John Lawson, and Mr Rhodes singled them out for special praise.

“Without the support of local councillors, this probably wouldn’t have happened. We’re all very pleased with their input.”

The lights, he said, were only the beginning in their fight against speeding traffic on the road: “Obviously we don’t know how effective the crossing will be yet, so we will assess that and have a meeting next April to discuss if anything more needs to be done.”