Petition launched in bid to see new crossing installed in Huntingdon

Barbara Darling appealing for a crossing outside Saxongate, with Keith Green,

Barbara Darling appealing for a crossing outside Saxongate, with Keith Green, - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people have given their support to a campaign for a pedestrian crossing to be installed in Huntingdon, outside a centre used by people with disabilities.

A petition, started by VoiceAbility Cambridgeshire and the Speak Out Council, is calling for a safer way for Saxongate Community Learning Centre users and town centre visitors to get across the road from the hub in Hartford Road to High Street.

Speak Out council coordinator, James Sheard said: “There are a lot of concerns about the safety of the crossing given that people who use Saxongate have a collection of physical and learning difficulties.”

According to Mr Sheard, users have raised views about the visibility of cars coming from St Mary’s Street to Hartford Road and the lack speed restriction on the stretch of road.

Many of those of who use the centre have urged for traffic lights to be installed to allow for plenty of time to cross the busy road.

So far the petition has gained more than 200 signatures from those who use the Saxongate centre and the Huntingdon high street.

Barbara Darling, fundraiser for Huntingdon Community Radio and campaign backer, said: “It is dangerous because people can’t get across holding onto their walkers or their scooters.

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“We are really pushing for this to be put in before someone gets killed trying to cross the road.”

An appeal was launched in 2012 to get a crossing built which gained more than 1,000 signatures but further work was not carried out.

It is hoped that the next step will be to go to Cambridgeshire County Council and the Highways Agency with the petition after a discussion is held with Speak Out users.