Parents back bid to get new road crossing created in Portsmouth

SAFETY CALL Mums campaigning for a crossing to be put in from Cosham Park to the shops on the other side
SAFETY CALL Mums campaigning for a crossing to be put in from Cosham Park to the shops on the other side
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PARENTS are backing a campaign to get a new road crossing installed.

Mums want one set up 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 dangerous and ‘an accident is waiting to happen.’

Rosie Jones, 30, had a near miss when trying to walk from the park while pregnant with daughter Poppy.

The doll inside her pram fell out as they crossed and a car coming round the corner had to make a well-timed stop.

‘Trying to simply cross the road is very hazardous because people come off the motorway quite fast,’ Ms Jones said.

‘It’s a blind corner, and most people around that area have children who they go to the park with. I honestly do believe it’s an accident waiting to happen.’

Mum-of-three Zoe Watton, of Hawthorn Crescent, said: ‘The children like going to the park and on their bikes to the lido, and every time it terrifies me.

‘Going in between buses on the road is a total nightmare.’

The only nearby crossing is at Cosham railway station, but parents say that’s a long walk. A petition has also been set up calling for the crossing to be put in place.

Hannah Hockaday, a member of the Conservative group leading the campaign, said: ‘For anyone who uses the park and accesses buses in Cosham, it’s a dangerous stretch of road, predominantly used by families visiting the park, 
the elderly, students and people taking public transport.

‘Friends of mine had some scary near-misses trying to cross the road and I truly think that you can’t gamble with people’s safety.

‘A crossing will help to dramatically reduce this risk and help to make Cosham a safer area.’

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

‘I am always happy to meet with people on site and I 
will consider anything,’ he said.

‘Then, I have to look in terms of the amount of money we have got and whether 
we can deliver what people want.’