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New beacons installed at pedestrian crossings in Netherfield after residents voice safety fears


New brighter belisha beacons have now been installed in Netherfield in a bid to improve safety after a pedestrian was struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing a fortnight ago.

The crossings on Victoria Road each have two new LED beacons which are brighter than the previous ones which council workers removed this morning (11).

NEW: The beacons at the zebra crossing on Victoria Road in Netherfield
NEW: The beacons at the zebra crossing on Victoria Road in Netherfield

People in the town called on the council to make the crossings safer after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while using the zebra crossing next to Eight Barbers nearly two weeks ago.

Gareth Coles, team manager for Accident Investigation for Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are very sorry to learn of this incident. This financial year we are upgrading the belisha beacons on this crossing to more modern LED versions which will make them brighter and more obvious to drivers.

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“The zebra crossings on Victoria Road are already raised to act as a speed deterrent. Humped crossings as a traffic calming measure are the most effective way of reducing speed and reducing rat-running from vehicles.

“Pedestrians should continue to be vigilant when using the crossing, and if a car attempts to go through when someone is using the zebra crossing then the driver is at fault and people should not hesitate it to report it to their local police who have the powers to deal with moving traffic offences.

“We also have Road Safety experts who upon request from schools, can arrange to visit the school and discuss road safety advice with children.”

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