VICTORY IN FIGHT FOR SAFE CROSSING

Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, at it's junction with Enfield Street and Norley Hall Avenue where four zebra crossings are to be installed

Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, at it's junction with Enfield Street and Norley Hall Avenue where four zebra crossings are to be installed

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RESIDENTS are celebrating after winning a seven-year campaign for a crossing on a danger road.

People living in the areas surrounding Ormskirk Road, Enfield Street and Norley Hall Avenue have been trying for many years to get one of more pedestrian crossings in place at the notoriously busy junction.

And two years ago it looked as though all the troubles were over when bosses of a new Lidl store, built on Enfield Street, agreed to pay for four crossings.

But various roadwork schemes meant that two years on and the crossings have still not been installed.

Coun Paul Prescott, of the Pemberton ward which covers the area, said: “When Lidl was built it was agreed as part of the planning conditions that four crossings would be put in, two on Ormskirk Road, one on Enfield Street and one on Norley Hall Avenue because it was accepted it would make the area very busy with traffic.

“But since that was agreed a number of roadwork projects have delayed the work, including the road being a diversion route for traffic from the Saddle Junction and then on another occasion there was work on the gas mains.

“So Jeanette and I as well as councillors Shirley and Mike Dewhurst have been pushing for a date to be set.”

It is expected that the work will get under way later this month and will be finished in time for Christmas.

The junction is one of the main commuter routes in and out of the borough and is extremely busy, especially during rush hours.

Coun Mike Dewhurst, for the Douglas ward, said: “Residents have been complaining to me about this junction ever since I became a councillor seven years ago, but it was only two years ago that funding was finally secured.

“There are a lot of elderly residents in the surrounding areas and about four years ago a group of them came to me because the bus route along Enfield Street had been cancelled and they had to cross Ormskirk Road to get to the nearest bus stop.

“But this junction is a problem for a whole host of people who want to cross it, so the news that the work will be started within the month is fantastic.

“We are all absolutely delighted that after all this time the local people are finally going to get a solution to their problem.”