Junction gets crossing after 20 year fight

MDB090406f1'Traffic crossing wanted: residents near odedra general stores, nottingham road, newthorpe want a crossing. rana Odedra, John Nicholls and Stephan Camm.
MDB090406f1'Traffic crossing wanted: residents near odedra general stores, nottingham road, newthorpe want a crossing. rana Odedra, John Nicholls and Stephan Camm.

A CROSSING in Eastwood has been given the go-ahead after a 20 year battle.

Residents and councillors have been fighting for a crossing at the junction of Nottingham Road and Newthorpe Common since the early 1990s and it has finally been given the green light by Nottinghamshire County Council.

One of the campaigners John Nicholls said: “It’s great news. Everybody agreed years ago that something needed to be done.

“Since then we’ve had the increase in housing and the Ikea retail park and I think the extra traffic has given the council reason to justify it.”

Not only do residents say cars speed along Nottingham Road, but the newsagent and bus stop at the junction mean there is a constant stream of people needing to cross. There are also children coming out of the nearby Roman Catholic Priory School.

Sharon Pierce, who lives in nearby Cromwell Street, said: “I’m really pleased because it’s an absolute nightmare. You can’t get across the road and it’s dangerous with all the children coming out the school.

“Even when you’re driving past you’re worried you’re going to knock people down because they’re running across.”

Shop owner Rana O’Dedra said pedestrians ‘take their life in their hands’.

Two years ago the group of campaigners got 1,500 signatures on a petition and the council carried out traffic surveys and sent head of highways, Richard Jackson, to visit the site.

Cllr Keith Longdon said: “I’m really pleased after all our hard work. It’s great news.”