Relief as council agrees to build crossing for Fareham road

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CROSSING a busy Fareham road will soon be safer thanks to a £90,000 boost.

Hampshire County Council has agreed to spend the money on improving junctions on Highlands Road in Fareham and installing a new crossing.

Fareham North West ward councillor Peter Davies and 'executive spokesman for streetscene Councillor Leslie Keeble at the point in Highlands Road, Fareham, where the new crossing will be installed.

Fareham North West ward councillor Peter Davies and 'executive spokesman for streetscene Councillor Leslie Keeble at the point in Highlands Road, Fareham, where the new crossing will be installed.

The crossing will be a relief to many, in particular people going to the doctors’ surgery and the many parents who walk to school via the road.

Pensioner Danny Steer, 89, who often shops in Highlands Road, said: ‘It is a good idea and one that will help a lot of people.

‘At the moment it is a case of stepping off the pavement and mooching across the road in your own time but a crossing will make it easier and it will definitely make it safer.’

Mum-of-three and child-minder Sally Carter, of Park Walk, said: ‘The crossing by the surgery is definitely needed. There are a lot of cars passing there.’

The two existing crossings nearby, one further along and one in Gudge Heath Lane, will be upgraded and have an anti-friction surface and new lights added.

The extra crossing has been called for by the community for two years and a petition with more than 100 names was handed to the council in support of it.

Executive spokesman for streetscene at Fareham Borough Council Leslie Keeble said: ‘Over a period of years we have been pushing for change.

‘We were looking at moving the crossing by the old Post Office to by the doctors’ surgery but when we were doing our surveys, we found that we needed two crossings – one by the old Post Office and one by the surgery.

‘All the people will be able to cross from the surgery to the pharmacy to get their prescriptions in safety.’

Ward councillor Peter Davies said: ‘The crossing will be important because it not only serves the surgery, but it serves a footpath that goes up to the Oak Meadow Children’s Centre and St Columba Academy.

‘Youngsters and their mums take their lives in their hands to cross there.

‘By having two crossings it will slow down traffic. Certainly at peak times Highlands Road seems to be used as a rat ran and these two crossings may deter that.’

The work will start in February 2015.

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