Desborough woman calls for safe bus stop crossing

Pedestrian Cross: Desborough: resident Marianne Lendrum who uses buses meets with highways officials to discuss getting a safe crossing to the bus stop in Harborough Road. 
Marianne with Mathew Barber (Northamptonshire Highways)
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Pedestrian Cross: Desborough: resident Marianne Lendrum who uses buses meets with highways officials to discuss getting a safe crossing to the bus stop in Harborough Road. Marianne with Mathew Barber (Northamptonshire Highways) Tuesday February 28 2017 NNL-170228-195812009

A Desborough woman says safety measures must be introduced so that people can safely cross the road to a bus stop in the town.

Marianne Lendrum has voiced her concerns over the crossing to the bus stop in Harborough Road, near to the roundabout with Ironwood Avenue.

Pedestrian Cross: Desborough: resident Marianne Lendrum who uses buses meets with highways officials to discuss getting a safe crossing to the bus stop in Harborough Road. 
l-r Mathew Barber (Northamptonshire Highways), Danielle Page, Taz Page and Marianne Lendrum
Tuesday February 28 2017 NNL-170228-195902009

Pedestrian Cross: Desborough: resident Marianne Lendrum who uses buses meets with highways officials to discuss getting a safe crossing to the bus stop in Harborough Road. l-r Mathew Barber (Northamptonshire Highways), Danielle Page, Taz Page and Marianne Lendrum Tuesday February 28 2017 NNL-170228-195902009

Mrs Lendrum said: “I use the bus all the time and crossing there is a nightmare.

“You struggle to see anything and although there are pedestrian islands there I’ve had to jump back from a car a couple of times.

“I know people in a wheelchair who really struggle to cross.

“My fear is that someone will get hit.”

Mrs Lendrum, who lives in nearby Kielder Street, added that she asked about the cost of putting a crossing with lights on the stretch of road and was told it would cost £50,000.

She said: “When you come back the buses have to go all around the Grange to drop you off.

“If you ask the drivers nicely they drop you off before but they’re not supposed to.

“I asked about the possibility of putting a crossing there but they said one with lights would cost £50,000.”

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said they will be cutting back vegetation to improve visibility, and are considering installing a new bus stop.

The spokesman said: “Introducing any new highways measures must be considered against the budgets available.

“Following the site meeting, Northamptonshire Highways has agreed to cut back the vegetation on the Ironwood Avenue roundabout to improve visibility for the existing crossings.

“We are also consulting on the possibility of installing a bus stop northbound on the Harborough Road between Gapstile Close and the Ironwood Avenue roundabout.”