Crossing to be built at Northorpe crash scene

Flashback: Police at the scene of the collision involving two eleven year old girls and a vehicle on the A15 near Thurlby last January

Flashback: Police at the scene of the collision involving two eleven year old girls and a vehicle on the A15 near Thurlby last January

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A new pedestrian crossing is to be built at the site of an accident in which two schoolgirls were badly injured last January.

Construction is due to start on the A15 Bourne Road, just north of the junction of Fen Road and Northorpe Road, on Monday, March 9.

Hopefully the introduction of this new facility will radically improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the A15.

Lincolnshire county councillor Richard Davies

The new crossing will enhance safety for pedestrians and is the result of a recent feasibility study carried out by Lincolnshire County Council.

The study found that the numbers of pedestrians crossing and vehicles passing the A15 at the location met the Department of Transport’s requirements for a new pedestrian crossing.

Work to introduce a 40mph speed limit was commissioned prior to the accident and completed in February 2014.

A proposal for a similar crossing in the adjoining village of Thurlby has been assessed, and was not successful in meeting the DfT criteria. However it will be reviewed 12 months after the Northorpe crossing has been put into operation.

Coun Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways and transport, said: “It’s great news that the pedestrian crossing will soon be built on the A15 near Northorpe.

“Along with everyone else I was saddened by the accident involving two schoolgirls last year, and hopefully the introduction of this new facility will radically improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the A15.

“The county council has worked closely with the local community to ensure the crossing could become a reality and enable people to go about their daily journeys with a greater degree of safety.”

The works will include: introduction of a new puffin crossing with additional high level traffic signals; anti-skid surface 75 metres in each direction on the run up to the puffin crossing; footpath to be widened on west side of the crossing; bus stop kerbs to be moved to the north of the crossing; yellow box junction to be created south of the new crossing and road lines being moved to reflect the new crossing.

The works are scheduled to take four weeks. The majority of the works will be carried out during the day and temporary traffic lights will be in use.

There will be full road closures over three nights from March 25 to 27 between 7pm and 6am for the final resurfacing works, with a diversion route in place.

Some delays and inconvenience are expected, especially when works are being carried out during the day time. Every effort will be made by the contractor to keep delays to a minimum, but the county council apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused by the works.