AN UNPOPULAR zebra crossing which has been labelled dangerous by some city shoppers will be replaced by a traffic light controlled crossing, highways chiefs have revealed.
Work will get underway later this month to install the signalised pedestrian crossing on Pheasant Street, near Asda with much of the work completed overnight to minimise disruption on one of the city’s many busy routes.
The lights will see the current zebra crossing scrapped after a barrage of criticism over the tailbacks caused by shoppers crossing the busy road to and from Asda.
Coun Alan Amos, cabinet member for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said he was delighted the work will get underway on Monday, February 24.
“The positive impact it will have on congestion in the area will be huge. The plans to change the current zebra crossing into a controlled crossing will improve traffic flow and will be safer for pedestrians to cross,” he said.
Work on the new crossing will take place from 9pm to 5.30am Monday to Friday.
During these times Pheasant Street will be fully closed to vehicles in both directions between the St Paul’s/Martin’s Gate/George Street roundabout and the St Martin’s Quarter car park Roundabout and a diversion will be signposted via Shrub Hill Road.
The Asda car park will be open during the overnight closures in line with their usual opening hours and pedestrians will be able to cross or walk along Pheasant Street during the night works.
During the day, Pheasant Street will be fully open to vehicles and pedestrians as usual. However, the current pedestrian crossing will be temporarily relocated a little closer to the St Martin’s Quarter roundabout.