Dozens join campaign in call for safe crossing at village junction

Residents gather at the crossroads in the heart of Bailiff Bridge to campaign for a new pelican crossing claiming pedestrians are dicing with death when trying to cross the roads
Residents gather at the crossroads in the heart of Bailiff Bridge to campaign for a new pelican crossing claiming pedestrians are dicing with death when trying to cross the roads
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PEDESTRIANS trying to cross a busy crossroads in a village claim they are ‘dicing with death’.

They say it is only a matter of time before someone is killed at the Bradford Road, Birkby Lane and Wakefield Road junction in Bailiff Bridge near Brighousecrossroads and are now campaigning to improve safety.

Hundreds of names have been added to a petition calling for a pedestrian signal control at each section of the traffic lights in a bid to improve the daily nightmare faced by people trying to cross.

Sarah Harris is one of 16 residents who are going round the village asking people to sign the petition.

She said: “Every single person in the village has to cross these roads at some point. Some people are even getting into their cars just to get across the roads.”

Resident Patrick Armstrong said “I have a ten-year-old daughter and her friend lives over the road but they can’t really call for each other because the road is so bad.

“We have been battling for a long time to get some kind of crossing and especially with the library moving to the community centre there will be people of all ages trying to negotiate that road.”

Jennifer Sutcliffe, who works at Healthy Living Pharmacy near to the crossroads, said they were in full support of the petition. “People are dicing with death,” she said.

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) is supporting the residents. “I am pleased so many people and parents from the local community and local school who were picking their children up came to show their support to improve road safety for children, elderly people and people who travel to and from work.

“It will benefit the whole community and it should happen sooner rather than later.”

The petition, which is also available in all the shops in the village, will be handed to the Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri, on April 25.