Safety fear over zebra crossings

Mark Dickinson and Hayley Wright with daughter, Alecia Wright, 11 months, and her cousin Muriel Warn, three, who have also experienced problems on the zebra crossings
Mark Dickinson and Hayley Wright with daughter, Alecia Wright, 11 months, and her cousin Muriel Warn, three, who have also experienced problems on the zebra crossings
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PEDESTRIANS are calling for two crossings to be replaced after nearly being hit by vehicles.

Anthony Lilley, 61, of Clare Close, Stamford, along with Hayley Wright, 22, of Perth Road, Stamford, want the zebra crossings at Casterton Road and Empingham Road to be replaced with pelican crossings.

Mr Lilley says he has had three near misses on the Casterton Road crossing with the latest one on Wednesday.

He said he was nearly knocked over as a car drove over the crossing while he was half way across. He said: “Those crossings are an accident waiting to happen.”

Miss Wright said she was almost knocked over by a motorist on a mobile phone on the Casterton Road crossing on Wednesday last week.

She said: “They were so close to hitting me while I had the pushchair.”

Area highways manager Kevin Brumfield said the crossings meet safety standards.

He said: “The responsibility must be on drivers to obey the Highway Code which states that, on approach to any zebra crossing, drivers should always look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross.

“Furthermore, they must give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing. If this is not happening in Stamford, the police should be informed.”