Hundreds back bid to get new road crossing

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A PETITION calling for a new road crossing to be installed in Portsmouth has gathered more than 500 signatures.

As reported, parents have called for a crossing to be created from outside Cosham Park to the end of Chatsworth Avenue, in Cosham, which leads to the Highbury estate.

They say trying to get across Portsmouth Road – used by motorists getting to and from Cosham – with their children is too dangerous and it takes too long to get to the nearby crossing at Cosham railway station.

The petition will now be submitted to the council and once it’s been filed a decision will be made on when to debate it.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of the Conservative group, which set up the petition, said: ‘Highway safety and the safety of children crossing a busy road has to be of paramount importance for everyone. The response we have received from the residents in Cosham has been overwhelming and they support this petition.’

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, Lib Dem cabinet member for traffic and transport, has already said setting up a petition should have been the ‘last port of call’ as people can ask him for action to be taken.