“Finally, residents can be hopeful of progress with a safe crossing for Canford Lane”, says Lib Dem campaigner, Graham Donald. City council officers are working up proposals – likely to be for two or three central refuges, rather than a zebra crossing.
Readers will remember that the campaign for a safe crossing for pedestrians in Canford Lane started 2016. At full Council last December, Graham invited Marvin Rees to come along to Canford Lane to see the problem for himself. The Mayor said that he would not be attending personally, but suggested that Councillor Mhairi Threlfall (cabinet member for highways) might attend.
Councillor Threlfall made a site visit on 12 March to see the traffic and meet local residents. She was accompanied by Ed Plowden, Sustainable Transport Service Manager. Both came to a meeting with local residents and walked almost the whole length of Canford Lane discussing the possibilities with them, including possible locations for safe crossing points. The consensus of that meeting was that Canford Lane needs some safe crossing points, probably in the form of two or three central refuges rather than a single zebra crossing.
Since that meeting, the city council have said that Canford Lane “is almost certain to be one of the schemes that the Area Engineering Team will be recommending as a priority for CIL investment to the Area Committee in May.” This is encouraging. Everyone in the Canford Lane Crossing Campaign now feels that their concerns have been listened to and are on the way to being addressed.
We look forward to seeing some specific proposals from the city council, and will continue to press for early action. But we are making progress at last!