CROSSING APPROVED: Toucan crossing over Stainton Way approved following nasty collision
A TOUCAN crossing will be built across a busy Teesside route months on from a nasty collision on the stretch.
An executive decision saw the crossing over Stainton Way in south Middlesbrough signed off on Thursday afternoon (March 25).
The light controlled crossing point will go immediately to the west of the Stokesley Road roundabout near the Gables pub.
Councillors were told the work on designing the crossing would start “immediately” and it would be ready for the start of the new academic year in September.
Rising house building to the south of the road at the new Hemlington Grange development has seen more pedestrians using the route.
And injuries suffered by an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a car in December pushed the council to speed up its action.
Cllr Ashley Waters, executive member for regeneration, praised councillors across the board for pressing for the crossing and making sure it came “as quickly as possible”.
He added it would provide a safe crossing for youngsters travelling to school from Hemlington Grange to the King’s Academy secondary school, in Coulby Newham, as well as residents.
Cash for the scheme will come from money gained from the sale of the land south of the road agreed in 2011.
Conservative councillor David Coupe and Labour member for Hemlington, Jeanette Walker, have both pushed for the crossing point.
Cllr Walker said there’d been “great concern” about the route – adding there were two other road improvement schemes she wanted to see “sooner rather than later”.
“It’s a 40mph road and it’s dangerous because not everyone goes at 40mph unfortunately,” she added.
“There was an accident before Christmas where a young girl was left on crutches.
“Her mum, who’s a single mother and has had to struggle with this. She’s been petrified of her children going across the road.
“It’s really brought home to everyone in the area how dangerous the road is.
“Hopefully people will take notice of the crossing.”
A toucan crossing is light controlled and allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross.
A consultation with nearby properties will be held in April and May with building work taking place in July and August.
New paths and cycleway will also be created to the north of Stainton Way on the existing grass verge.
Cllr Walker pushed for the work to be done earlier but officers said it was a “realistic” timetable with more crossings set to come in future years.
After the meeting, she added: “These road improvements are essential for many residents, young and old who use the bus to get to town or other areas.
“This will guarantee their safety when crossing this busy road,”
Meanwhile, Cllr Coupe said infrastructure should be put in place before houses were built not when they were finished.
The member for Stainton and Thornton added: “One of the problems is I know things don’t always happen in the way we’d like.
“But this is something I’ve really pushed for and I’m really happy it’s now going to happen.”
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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