Safety fears at new crossing

Councillors are taking action after local people raised fears that a new zebra crossing on Station Road, Yate is unsafe. The crossing is an important link to the Riverside development, but residents say visibility is poor.

Councillor Sue Walker (Liberal Democrat, Yate Central), said, "The main problem is that cyclists, pedestrians and pushchairs coming out of either the Riverside car park or Lyefield are not visible until the last minute. I raised this with South Glos highways officials and the shopping centre manager. He has agreed to put a barrier on their side of the road to stop people rushing straight out before drivers can see them."

"Unfortunately it's not possible to install one on the same side as the houses but we've arranged for the Town Council to cut back the undergrowth to give motorists a clearer view."

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate Councillor Claire Young said, "Residents also say that the crossing is poorly lit and difficult to see in mist and rain and at dusk. The trees will obscure the street lights when they come into leaf so need cutting back. This crossing is used by many people to get to the cinema, cafes and shops and it's vital motorists have a clear view."