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Delight at go ahead for Welch Way crossing

Following calls from the local community, a pedestrian crossing is to be reinstalled in Welch Way, Witney, close to the entrance of the new Marriotts Walk development.

The new development opened in October 2009 and an existing pedestrian crossing was removed as part of improvement works in Welch Way.

West Oxfordshire District Council has been liaising with the highways authority, Oxfordshire County Council, ever since in order to try to get a crossing reinstated at the earliest opportunity.

The county council has now agreed to install a new zebra crossing, following road safety monitoring which it says is carried out whenever new highway work is completed.

Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Our Council has been pressing for this to happen and we are delighted that the crossing will be installed. Marriotts Walk has brought a lot of people into Witney to do their shopping, visit the cinema and enjoy the many extra facilities Witney now has to offer. Footfall along Welch Way has increased dramatically and so it is important for people to be able to cross the road easily and safely. This new crossing will help them to do this.”

As yet, no date has been set for the installation of the crossing. The cost is anticipated to be approximately £25,000.
Cllr Rodney Rose, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "We've listened to what local people had to say and conducted our own review and this is the result. We've very recently taken the decision so as yet we have no date for when this work will happen and there are obviously other schemes planned around the county with which this will have to fit in. Nonetheless I am glad that we have been able to take this decision."

For more information about Marriotts Walk, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/marriotts

Posted : 22/03/2010 08:45:50

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