New pedestrian crossing should make Sunderland junction safer

Coun Peter Wood, left, and Coun Michael Dixon, with staff and residents of Ashbourne Lodge Care Home.
Coun Peter Wood, left, and Coun Michael Dixon, with staff and residents of Ashbourne Lodge Care Home.
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A busy junction in Sunderland has been made safer with a pedestrian crossing.

A signal-controlled pedestrian crossing has been installed at the junction of The Cedars and Ryhope Road in Ashbrooke.

The improvements have been welcomed by local residents.

Jackie Toolin, activities coordinator at nearby Ashbourne Lodge Care Home, said: “We are located close by so it is great to see that the pedestrian signals have been installed.

“They will be a massive help to our staff when assisting residents to cross this busy junction.”

Local councillors pushed for the improvements after being contacted by concerned residents.

Commenting on the new system now in place, St Michael’s Ward councillor, Peter Wood, said: “We are delighted the new traffic lights, with their pedestrian phase, are now in operation.”

“Coun Michael Dixon and I have been campaigning for some time for improved pedestrian crossing facilities here.

“We both use this road almost daily and have seen for ourselves the problems facing pedestrians at this busy junction, with schools, a popular park, care homes and other residential properties all nearby.

“There is plenty of footfall of various age-groups.

“This is now a much safer place to cross the road and we are very pleased with the outcome.”