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Crossing scheme will turn a zebra into a puffin

By HeraldExpress  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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Work on changing a pedestrian crossing in Paignton is toget underway early in March.


The zebra crossing on Dartmouth Road at Waterside is tobe changed to a signal controlled puffin crossing.


It follows a petition backed by the RNIB, calling forimproved facilities to aid people with visual impairments when crossing theroad.


Torbay Council's Transportation Working Party gave thego-ahead for the £60,000 scheme last October.


Work will begin on site on Monday 4 March, and will takeup to four weeks to complete.


The puffin crossing will be constructed outside theWaterside public house to comply with current Department of Transportguidelines.


Construction work will take place outside peak morningand evening traffic flows, with two-way traffic lights operating on the dualcarriageway section of Dartmouth Road. Parking facilities will be affectedwhilst work is taking place.


As the scheme progresses, temporary pedestrian trafficsignals will be used while the zebra crossing is removed and until the newpuffin crossing comes into operation.


Cllr Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Safer Communitiesand Transport, said: "We have been aware for some time about concerns frompeople with visual impairments about their safety when crossing the extremelybusy Dartmouth Road.


"We were unable to adapt the existing crossing as itwould not comply with Government guidelines, so the working party eventuallywas recommended to approve its replacement with a puffin crossing.


"The draft design originally proposed the loss offour car parking spaces, but I am pleased to confirm that the final approveddesign will reduce this number to only three." 

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  • EdnaFruitcake  |  February 08 2013, 11:15AM

    Eee it just sounds like madness to me, I nowt against them getting married but when they start on our zebras something needs doing.

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