Safety fears over ‘danger’ crossing

Jennifer Roberts is campaigning to make the tram crossing outside Barclays on Crescent East in Cleveleys safer
Jennifer Roberts is campaigning to make the tram crossing outside Barclays on Crescent East in Cleveleys safer

Campaigners are calling for a “dangerous” tram crossing in Cleveleys to be altered to make it safer to use.

Concerned residents have met with a senior engineer from Lancashire County Council about having some metal railings taken down at the crossing on Crescent East and West in the town centre.

Campaigners say the tram crossing creates a "bottleneck" at busy times - particularly for people with mobility scooters or prams

Campaigners say the tram crossing creates a "bottleneck" at busy times - particularly for people with mobility scooters or prams

Jennifer Roberts, who lives in Little Bispham, said the current set-up creates a bottleneck at busy times, leaving pedestrians with nowhere safe to stand. Lancashire County Council said it is investigating ways to improve the crossing but options are limited due to the positioning of the tram tracks.

Mrs Roberts said: “It’s dangerous – I want a couple of barriers removing at either side to make it safe for pedestrians.

“Then they can walk straight through without a zig-zag.

“At the moment, if you get a mobility scooter and a pram, you have got a bottleneck.”

At busy times, she said, the number of people trying to cross makes it unsafe due to its current layout.

Mrs Roberts first met with council staff last year to discuss the problem. She said they understood her concerns but as yet nothing has to been done about them.

She added: “People waiting to cross, say, from the Cleveleys end to Barclays bank take up all the pavement.

“For people crossing from Barclays, there’s nowhere to go.”

She added that other crossing points along the tram line do not have barriers, such as the one outside Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager, said: “This pedestrian crossing can be very busy at peak times, and we’re currently investigating the design options which may be available to provide more space for pedestrians on the central island to make it easier for people to cross.

“The road space available to expand the central island is limited by the position of the tram tracks on one side, and two lanes of traffic on the other, and any improvement scheme would need to take account of this.

“The pedestrian guard rails are needed to direct people where to cross and for safety.

“Any scheme would have to be considered for funding alongside other safety improvements when deciding priorities as part of a future annual budget process.”