No easy solution to Epworth crossing problem

NO easy resolution is in sight to the problems faced by pedestrians crossing the road near Epworth’s White Bear pub, the town council has been told.

Concern had been expressed that the elderly and mums with pushchairs and toddlers could not get across the road in the time allowed by the red lights, and a number of solutions have been considered and thought unsuitable.

Coun Liz Redfern told members that a traffic study had considered adding pedestrian control to the lights, but that making the necessary pavement space available would reduce the road to a single lane to be shared by traffic moving in both directions.

Coun Bob Fish said it would be simple to leave the lights on red for a few seconds longer, but Coun Redfern said that had been considered, and would cause an unacceptable build-up of traffic.

Rumble strips had also been considered, but there were fears that these would create unacceptable noise levels for residents living nearby.

Further thought is to be given to a solution.