Battered and bruised - the pensioner who tripped on a Southsea traffic island

Maureen Harris, 74, of Lovedean, who was injured after falling over a traffic island on the seafront
Maureen Harris, 74, of Lovedean, who was injured after falling over a traffic island on the seafront
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  • 74-year-old woman tripped on a traffic island at Southsea seafront
  • Maureen Harris needed to go to the hospital afterwards
  • She has called for the islands to be more clearly marked
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HER face is covered in bruises after tripping over on a traffic island.

And now Maureen Harris, 74, of Lovedean, has called for action to cut the chance of more accidents happening.

The cycle lane kerbs on the seafront in Southsea

The cycle lane kerbs on the seafront in Southsea

Mrs Harris was crossing The Esplanade at Southsea seafront in front of the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea when it happened.

She said: ‘It was such a gorgeous day and we thought we’d round it off with an ice cream. I got out of my car and I just tripped.

‘I just didn’t see it. You could say I should have looked but you are looking out for the bikes and everything that’s going on around you.’

Mrs Harris said she needed stitches to the bridge of her nose and was also bruised on her arms and knees.

I think they need to be made more prominent

Maureen Harris

‘I was absolutely smothered in blood,’ she added.

The accident came just weeks after 78-year-old carer Margaret Woodcock also tripped over one of the Esplanade traffic islands nearby, breaking her arm.

Mrs Harris said something needed to be done to make the traffic islands easier to spot.

She said: ‘I think they need to be made more prominent.

‘They could put some yellow lines around them or something to make people more aware.

‘I’m 74 years old but I can imagine that even the younger families have problems because you are watching out for the bike lane.’

Portsmouth City Council’s director of transport, Alan Cufley, could not promise direct action, and said the safety of the area would be kept ‘under review’.

Mr Cufley said: ‘This scheme, which was independently reviewed prior to being built, serves its purpose of separating cyclists from opening car doors in the adjacent parking bays.

‘The kerbs are deliberately prominent, have been sited within hatched line road markings and are designed to sit alongside a parked vehicle.

‘I am sorry that these two ladies have had the accidents described, one in May of this year and one this month, and will ensure we keep the safety of the area under review in light of these unfortunate incidents.’