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Victory in campaign to make it safe to cross busy Thorpe road

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 February 2015

Norfolk County Councillor Ian Mackie, centre, with town and district councillors and campaigners on Plumstead Road East. From left, Nigel Hancock, Eleanor Laming, Jonathan Emsell, Steven Ford and Nigel Shaw. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk County Councillor Ian Mackie, centre, with town and district councillors and campaigners on Plumstead Road East. From left, Nigel Hancock, Eleanor Laming, Jonathan Emsell, Steven Ford and Nigel Shaw. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Families in Thorpe St Andrew are celebrating victory in a campaign to make it safer to cross a busy road.

The Plumstead Road East Pedestrian Safety Campaign was formed in November 2012 by families living in the Armstrong Road area.

Many felt visibility was poor and it was too dangerous for pedestrians to be able to cross to South Hill Road, to be able to access Thorpe’s amenities and schools.

Among those who lobbied for a crossing or refuge, was mum-of-two Rachael Breed.

Mrs Breed said her children Matty, seven, and Tom, five, felt unsafe when crossing the road.

She said: “Something that really resonated with me was when we tried to cross the road to go that way, as it’s the shortest way to school, and my son told me he was too frightened to cross and said it was too dangerous.”

The plan to make the road safer was backed by Thorpe St Andrew Town Council, which put forward funding of £5,000, and also submitted a proposal to Norfolk County Council’s Parish Partnerships Scheme for funding.

While some campaigners wanted a zebra crossing, a pedestrian refuge was chosen as a more suitable option due to concerns about the location and the speed of traffic.

Mrs Breed said: “This is a compromise but I feel it’s a well thought through compromise.”

The £30,000 project, by the county council’s highways department, is expected to be completed by March 8.

Do you have a story about Thorpe St Andrew? Call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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