Green light for crossing plan at busy Sunderland junction

SAFETY MOVE: Councillors Michael Dixon (left) and Peter Wood have been  calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed at the junction of Ryhope Road and The Cedars.
SAFETY MOVE: Councillors Michael Dixon (left) and Peter Wood have been calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed at the junction of Ryhope Road and The Cedars.
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A CROSSING is to be made safer for pedestrians after councillors pushed for improvements.

As reported in the Echo last week, councillors from St Michael’s Ward have been appealing for changes to be made at the Ryhope Road junction with The Cedars in Ashbrooke.

The sooner there are lights for pedestrians at this busy road junction, the safer and the better.

Coun Peter Wood

The council say that it is planning to instal illuminated crossings at the busy junction.

Les Clark, head of Streetscene at Sunderland City Council, said: “The council is planning to refurbish the existing traffic signals at the Ryhope Road/Villette Road/The Cedars junction.

“As part of the proposed refurbishment, the council intends to provide new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing facilities to each of the side roads (The Cedars and Villette Road).

“This proposed scheme has been consulted on previously and received favourable support by the community.

“It has been provisionally included in the 2015/2016 Local Transport Plan capital programme, which will be confirmed by the end of April.”

Coun Peter Wood, from St Michael’s ward, said: “With my ward colleagues I am delighted to hear that the council is proposing the refurbishment of the traffic lights at the Ryhope Road/Cedars junction, during the coming financial year.

“The sooner there are lights for pedestrians at this busy road junction, the safer and the better.”