Council plans crossing near where man was hit by truck

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed its plans for a crossing currently being installed on a busy Sleaford road where a man was hit by a truck. A dropped kerb crossing is being installed on the corner of East Gate by Barclays Bank, and business owners nearby previously said it was good to see something being done. Temporary barriers have been put in place and slabs of tactile pavings will go on each side of the road, which help visually impaired people know they have reached a crossing point. Sleaford district councillor Anthony Brand previously raised concerns over the crossing’s safety, though a spokesperson for the county council confirmed to Lincolnshire Live that a “full safety audit” had been carried out by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

The LRSP also recommended tactile paving, which the council has also installed. The railings on either side of the crossing are expected to remain in place. Read more: Car park crash in Sleaford leaves cyclist injured

Back in 2018, the county council installed a toucan crossing, with traffic lights, at a similar point but it was soon scrapped. “It caused such traffic congestion, so we removed them based on feedback from the people using that route in Sleaford,” the spokesperson said. “We will not be revisiting lights at the junction.” Currently, the only set of traffic lights is at the end of East Gate past the market square, by the turning onto Carre Street. In an unrelated incident, a man was hit by a ‘truck’ near Barclays Bank on Wednesday, June 8, prompting safety fears from nearby businesses owners.

The road was closed by police until about 5pm and an air ambulance was in attendance, having landed on the playing fields of the nearby Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

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