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Zebra Spotting In Aspull
Friday 18th November, 2005

Forget about the sun-seared plains of the Serengeti because the best place to see a zebra is Aspull!

And this zebra is one that carries children and adults across the road safely.

Residents of Haigh Road, pupils from Our Lady's Primary and members of the nearby youth club can now get across the B5239 in style thanks to a brand new pedestrian crossing opening this week

Locals have eagerly awaited a new crossing point, and the scheme has gone ahead as part of Our Ladyís School Travel Plan, with extra funding from the Brighter Borough budgets of ward councillors Chris Ready and John Hilton and the final approval of Wiganís Traffic Management Unit, the new crossing went ahead.

However, the council's local transport plan had the site earmarked for special road markings outside the school, and with extra funding from the Brighter Borough budgets of ward councillors Chris Ready and John Hilton, the new crossing went ahead.

Cllr Ready said: "I am pleased to declare this new crossing open. This is just part of the overall road safety strategy for Aspull. We've been working with Aspull Forum for many years on safety issues: this only goes to show what you can achieve by working together."

He added: "The response from the Aspull community has been very positive - the crossing not only helps people across the road but also slows traffic down. We will continue to work to improve the safety on our roads in Aspull, New Springs and Whelley."

Area Traffic Engineer Paul Ryding added: "The Engineering Services Department is working on schemes to make safety and road improvements on the four main roads into Aspull village centre. We've had approval to further develop our plans for this site to provide a zebra crossing facility with help from the councillors."


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