‘Costs outweigh safety’ in Albert Road

Councillor Watson McAteer
Councillor Watson McAteer
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Councillor Watson McAteer says action needs to be taken over the Albert Road crossing before fears of an accident become reality.

But any hopes of a controlled crossing were dashed this week when the council revealed it would cost £35,000.

Mr McAteer said: “Having personally witnessed the problems pedestrians and drivers face when negotiating the Albert Road crossing and having received complaints from townsfolk, I am disappointed that costs appear to outweigh safety. Those that I speak to believe that an accident is inevitable and action needs to be taken now to prevent this prophecy from becoming a tragic reality.”

A council spokesperson said: “Albert Road currently has a zebra crossing and the council currently has no plans for a controlled crossing. Certain criteria have to be met before a controlled crossing is introduced, one of which is a high number of pedestrians using the route, and Albert Road does not meet this condition.”