Replacement crossing plan for main Sunderland route in the spotlight

The zebra crossing at Grindon Mill could be replaced by a signal-controlled Toucan crossing. Image copyright Google Maps.
The zebra crossing at Grindon Mill could be replaced by a signal-controlled Toucan crossing. Image copyright Google Maps.

A zebra crossing could be cleared from a busy Sunderland road to make way for a new signal-controlled crossing nearby.

People are being asked for their views for the proposed installation of a new Toucan crossing in The Broadway on the A183 Chester Road at Grindon Mill.

Councillor Amy Wilson is calling on people to give their views about the scheme.

Councillor Amy Wilson is calling on people to give their views about the scheme.

Proposed changes are in response to 22 reported accidents in the past five years and increased public concerns about road safety due to the different travelling needs of drivers and pedestrians at this busy junction.

The new light controlled crossing would be moved to the eastern side of the Grindon Lane junction, with dropped kerbs for cyclists and pedestrians and improved access for wheelchairs and the visually impaired with tactile blister paving.

To give local people the chance to share their views and opinions on the proposals as part of the continuing public consultation, letters are being delivered to local residents and there will be an exhibition of the plans at Grindon Young Peoples Centre on Tuesday, July 17, between 6pm and 7pm.

More details will also be available to view online with residents invited to share their comments using www.sunderland.gov.uk/consultations.

Sunderland City Council cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Amy Wilson, said: "These proposals are the result of comprehensive research into how we can best improve road safety for both pedestrians and motorists on this busy section of road.

“Replacing the old zebra crossing at a busy junction with a light controlled crossing only 40 metres away on a more open stretch of road, would not only be better for pedestrians and cyclists but also help traffic flow with better signalling for drivers.

“We appreciate people may still have some concerns about the proposed changes, and need local residents to share their views and opinions with us on how we can best improve road safety at Grindon Mill.”

Sandhill Councillor Stephen O'Brien, who represents the Liberal Democrats, opposes the decision to move the crossing.

He said: "Amy Wilson and the council are ignoring the fact that the main bus stop from Grindon into the town is in the other direction from the proposed site of the new crossing.

"Despite the council's best intentions, the reality is that people won't walk 40 metres down the road to the new crossing and 60 metres back up the other side - crossing the busy Grindon Lane and Pennywell Road in the process.

"In reality, people will just try and cross the busy dual carriageway in an unsafe location opposite the bus stop putting more people in danger."