Crossing bid turned down

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:22 02 June 2010

Thomas Hall at the junction of Somers Road.

Thomas Hall at the junction of Somers Road.

A TEENAGER S bid for a crossing in a busy Wisbech street has been rejected after a council judged any work could not be justified . But Thomas Hall said he heard nothing about his inquiry until this week, almost three years after writing his first letter

A TEENAGER'S bid for a crossing in a busy Wisbech street has been rejected after a council judged any work "could not be justified".

But Thomas Hall said he heard nothing about his inquiry until this week, almost three years after writing his first letter, and still thinks something needs to be done.

Aged just 14 at the time, Thomas asked for a crossing to be installed in Somers Road after he was nearly knocked down by a car.

Now aged 16, Thomas said: "I heard nothing whatsoever and I am disappointed.

"It is so dangerous with pedestrians crossing the road and cars travelling at the speed they do.

"It doesn't matter if its traffic lights or a zebra crossing, something is needed to make getting across the road safer, especially near the old people's home on the corner of the road."

Thomas, of Queen's Road, a student at the College of West Anglia, first wrote to Malcolm Moss MP in April 2005 about his concerns.

Mr Moss said: "I forwarded the letter onto Cambridgeshire County Council which, about a fortnight later, said it would come back to us at a later date."

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: "The county council sent a letter to Malcolm Moss MP in May 2005 explaining that, following talks with a nearby school and due to the traffic and pedestrian numbers, a crossing or crossing patrol was not likely but we would look at whether other measures such as improved lining would be suitable.

"The road was assessed and it was judged that work could not be justified.


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