Wingfield is home to the first of four new pedestrian crossings around the borough, as a result of extra road safety funding allocated by Rotherham Labour councillors. As a result of residents raising road safety concerns, and diminishing money from the government, Labour councillors committed an additional £360,000 of investment for new crossings, so more communities could benefit.
The first of the new crossings has now gone in on Fenton Road, Wingfield, alongside works to construct a new pavement. Work has started on Bawtry Road, Brinsworth with the dropped kerbs and pavement already in place, ahead of the lights. Other new crossings to be completed this year include Morthern Road at Wickersley roundabout and on the A57 in South Anston.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Road Safety at Rotherham Council, has said:
“It’s good to see the decision we made last year coming to fruition, with this first new crossing in place. Despite the government cutting the amount of money to address road safety concerns, we heard the voices of local residents, and are looking to invest locally so people can feel safer in the borough.”
Rotherham’s one Liberal Democrat councillor – who represents Brinsworth which will benefit from one of the new crossings – actually voted against our proposal on more funding for pedestrian crossings, as did some UKIP councillors.
Our funding for more pedestrian crossings comes alongside the extra investment Labour councillors have also prioritised in repairing Rotherham’s roads through the 2020 Roads Programme. By 2020, we’ll have spent an extra £10million in repairing and resurfacing our roads right across the borough as well.