New crossing system to help pedestrians + VIDEO

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A BUSY junction that left neighbours seeing red has been made safer, thanks to traffic lights.

Residents living in Ashbrooke have been campaigning since 2004 to have lights at the junction with Belvedere Road and Stockton Road made more pedestrian-friendly.

Councillors, Margaret Forbes, Paul Maddison and Peter Wood with Chairman of Ashmore residents association, Liz Griffiths at the junction of Stockton Road and Belvedere road in Ashbrooke after a campaign to install a pedestrian sequence to the traffic lights has been a success.

Councillors, Margaret Forbes, Paul Maddison and Peter Wood with Chairman of Ashmore residents association, Liz Griffiths at the junction of Stockton Road and Belvedere road in Ashbrooke after a campaign to install a pedestrian sequence to the traffic lights has been a success.

Their case was taken up by ward councillors Peter Wood, Margaret Forbes and Paul Maddison, who were told by Sunderland City Council officials that the project could not begin until the city’s Southern Radial route was finished.

Work finally started last month to add a pedestrian phase to the traffic lights. This means red lights will show to drivers at all points of the three-way junction at one stage of the sequence.

Pedestrian islands are also being installed.

Coun Wood said: “Ashmore Residents’ Association was set up in 2004 and I’ve been helping them fight since then.

“Stockton Road is quite a wide and busy road and really it was just felt for safety the traffic lights should have a pedestrian phase.”

Although no serious accident involving pedestrians have been recorded at the site, the council agreed to fund the work.

Delays are expected for about six weeks while work is being carried out and temporary traffic lights are in place.

Ashmore Residents’ Association meets in the British Legion Club in Grange Crescent. The next meeting is May 5 at 7.30pm.

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