Campaigners stand firm over concern

SAFETY campaigners are not changing their minds over a town centre issue they believe puts pedestrians at risk.

Members of Todmorden Accident Prevention Council had debated the issue, regarding the pedestrian crossing island at Halifax Road, opposite Water Street and just off the town centre roundabout.

They believed crossing there was a risky business for pedestrians and formed the view that the risk would not be as great if only one lane of traffic fed into the roudabout at Burnley Road rather than two as it would be slowed down, some peeling off to the Rochdale Road exit.

But the council reported at their last meeting that they had read several letters which were sent to, and published in, the Todmorden News letters column. They noted one, which they felt had been sent in by a motorist, which was headlined “I’m tired of dodging near-suicidal dashes.”

Despite some criticism, members felt their concerns were valid and the junction was extremely dangerous for pedestrians, who could not see fully round the corner to see what may be coming out of Burnley Road.

The pedestrian flow could not be changed, but the road layout could, and they will continue to monitor the situation.