I have just been informed that the new pedestrian refuge on London Road will be installed next week. It's been a long time coming but it should help road safety for all in the area.
This is the key part of the City Council statement I have just received:-
"Stoke-on-Trent City Council is putting in a pedestrian refuge in London Road, Stoke, after residents brought their concerns to Boothen and Oak Hill ward councillor Andy Platt.
Work on the safety refuge, which is being installed outside West End Village, where the occupants are aged 55 to 95, will start on Monday and is expected to take two weeks to complete. New road markings will also be painted as part of the work.
Councillor Platt said: "I am certain that all local residents, including those of West End Village, will welcome this safety improvement. I have been working on the various options with city council officers for nearly four years and I am excited that a solution has finally been approved.
“Residents need to able to cross safely for the postbox, bus stop and local shops so I am certain this will be well received by everyone in the area. I would like to thank the highways engineers at the city council for their numerous site visits and considering so many options to arrive at this best practice solution.”
As part of the improvements, a bus shelter has also been installed outside the retirement village to protect people from the elements when they are waiting for a bus. While the work to install the refuge is carried out, temporary traffic lights will be put in place and a convenient alternative route established for pedestrians during working hours."
i am certain we'll all welcome this road safety improvement.