Labour councillors have welcomed that there will be two new pedestrian crossings built in the borough at South Anston and in Wingfield. A crossing will be installed on the A57 through South Anston and a new controlled crossing will be built on Fenton Road in Wingfield too. Labour councillors in Rotherham chose to invest funding for new crossings in the last council budget.
In South Anston, the A57 has become a key link road between the A1 and M1 and traffic has increased dramatically over the years. It has become a key crossing point for pedestrians as children have to cross this road to reach the football fields in North Anston and local residents use this location to reach and enjoy Anston Stones Woods.
Local Labour councillors for Anston and Woodsetts ward – Cllr Jonathan Ireland and Cllr Katherine Wilson – have welcomed the proposals for the new crossing. They have said:
“We’ve become increasingly concerned as local councillors for the safety of pedestrians crossing this road. As a result of continuous campaigning and local pressure, we’re delighted that we can now look forward to a safer future for all pedestrians that cross the A57.”
In Wingfield, a new controlled crossing will be built on Fenton Road near the junction with Roughwood Road. It is a key crossing point for pupils at Wingfield Academy and for families with young children walking to Rockingham Junior and Infants school too. The construction of the crossing is expected to begin in early November 2018.
Local Labour councillors in Wingfield ward – Cllr Sarah Allen and Cllr John Williams – have said:
“All ward councillors in Wingfield ward have been pushing for a crossing on Fenton Road since we were elected in 2016. Local residents have long been concerned with this location for many years and this controlled crossing will make the site much safer, especially for the local pupils and young children that cross this road to get to school.”
Alongside the new crossing in Wingfield, the Council intend to provide a new footway to provide access towards the Park View pavement that will allow residents to reach the local Co-op store and other shops next to Greasbrough Library. In separate proposals, Rotherham Council have also made plans to covert the existing pavement along Fenton Road into a shared used footway for pedestrians and cyclists. This will provide a continuous off-road cycle route from Wortley Road at Bradgate and Greasbrough, and provide a link to an existing identified cycle route in Masborough that links to the town centre too.
Labour’s Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety at Rotherham Council, has welcomed these crossing proposals. She has said:
“While the Government has cut funding for road safety, Rotherham Labour took the decision to invest in pedestrian crossings. It was disappointing that this approach was not supported by the other political parties in Rotherham, when it is raised as a priority by local residents.”