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Green light for pedestrian crossing in Northorpe

February 2014: New 40mph speed signs on the A15 at Northorpe. Photo: MSMP150214-011ow EMN-140215-191426001

February 2014: New 40mph speed signs on the A15 at Northorpe. Photo: MSMP150214-011ow EMN-140215-191426001

 

Lincolnshire County Council will build a pedestrian crossing in the village where two schoolgirls were hit by a minibus.

The news follows a traffic survey on the A15, which found that a crossing was needed in Northorpe. Further results are being analysed to see whether a crossing is required in nearby Thurlby as well.

The council’s executive member for highways Richard Davies (Con) said: “I support the campaign to introduce a pedestrian crossing at this site, so this has come as great news.

“Everyone was saddened by the accident in January and I hope that by installing a proper crossing point we’ll help to prevent something similar happening again in the future.”

Calls for a crossing and a reduction in the speed limit through Northorpe and Thurlby came after two 11-year-old girls were severely injured after being hit by a minibus on January 7. The Bourne Academy pupils, who returned home the following month, were crossing the road after getting off a school bus.

A petition calling for pedestrian crossings attracted more than 7,000 signatures.

Since the accident the speed limit has been reduced from 60mph to 40mph in both Northorpe and Thurlby. The limit has also dropped from 60mph to 50mph on the A15 stretch between the two villages.

The council will now create a design for the new crossing in Northorpe and go through the necessary legal processes. A public consultation will be held.

Coun Davies added: “Over the coming months we’ll continue to work closely with the parish council and local residents in order to get it built as soon as possible.”

 

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