Green light for vital road crossing

PUBLISHED: 11:51 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Diane Naeve, Melissa Moore, with children Abbie and Jack, Dawn Walters and Maureen Moore - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Diane Naeve, Melissa Moore, with children Abbie and Jack, Dawn Walters and Maureen Moore - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A LINTON grandmother is overjoyed that the 34-year wait for a new pedestrian crossing on a busy road is finally over. Maureen Moore, 70, of The Grip, signed a petition in 1972 to get Cambridgeshire County Council to make the old A604 safer after she had t

A LINTON grandmother is overjoyed that the 34-year wait for a new pedestrian crossing on a busy road is finally over.

Maureen Moore, 70, of The Grip, signed a petition in 1972 to get Cambridgeshire County Council to make the old A604 safer after she had trouble crossing with her children.

Now the road, which is now the A1307, has a brand new pedestrian crossing at the junction with the High Street, as well as traffic lights close to Linton Village College.

And Mrs Moore is delighted that she can now cross the road safely with her grandchildren.

She said: "I am really happy that the council have installed the new crossing and it's a lovely feeling to push the button and make the traffic stop just for me and the little ones.

"There was just a small traffic island in the middle of the road before, so this is a great improvement.

"Lots and lots of traffic use the road every day and travel quite quickly, so the crossing has made it far safer for mums, dads and grandparents with children, as well as youngsters out on their own."

Mrs Moore, who works part-time at a local bakers, now uses the crossing at least four days a week.

"I use it to get to work and I am really looking forward to using it for the first time with my grandchildren," she said.

"Although the delay meant that my children haven't benefited, my grandchildren definitely will when we cross the road to go and feed the ducks down by the river."

College principal Caroline Derbyshire said: "The new crossing has made walking to school a much safer activity, and the timing couldn't have been better as the nights are now drawing in and children will soon be walking home in the dark."

A spokesman for the council's highways department said it had planned to upgrade the traffic island to a pedestrian crossing for some time, but the road was not deemed as a dangerous priority.

"We had always planned to install a pedestrian crossing at the junction of the High Street, and felt this was the perfect opportunity for us to do it whilst the signalised junction was being put in close to the college.

"It made sense to do both elements at the same time and we hope the traffic along the A1307 will now be better controlled and far smoother.

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