Crossing scheme will turn a zebra into a puffin
Work on changing a pedestrian crossing in Paignton is to
get underway early in March.
The zebra crossing on Dartmouth Road at Waterside is to
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be changed to a signal controlled puffin crossing.
It follows a petition backed by the RNIB, calling for
improved facilities to aid people with visual impairments when crossing the
Torbay Council's Transportation Working Party gave the
go-ahead for the £60,000 scheme last October.
Work will begin on site on Monday 4 March, and will take
up to four weeks to complete.
The puffin crossing will be constructed outside the
Waterside public house to comply with current Department of Transport
Construction work will take place outside peak morning
and evening traffic flows, with two-way traffic lights operating on the dual
carriageway section of Dartmouth Road. Parking facilities will be affected
whilst work is taking place.
As the scheme progresses, temporary pedestrian traffic
signals will be used while the zebra crossing is removed and until the new
puffin crossing comes into operation.
Cllr Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Safer Communities
and Transport, said: "We have been aware for some time about concerns from
people with visual impairments about their safety when crossing the extremely
busy Dartmouth Road.
"We were unable to adapt the existing crossing as it
would not comply with Government guidelines, so the working party eventually
was recommended to approve its replacement with a puffin crossing.
"The draft design originally proposed the loss of
four car parking spaces, but I am pleased to confirm that the final approved
design will reduce this number to only three."