Anger over new crossing yards from another on Clifton Triangle
A Bristol businessman has condemned a new pedestrian crossing with traffic lights which is being installed in a busy city street.
Workmen are currently working on the crossing at the top of Jacob Wells Road at the junction with the Triangle, Clifton.
Mark Moran, 45, who runs a business in nearby Berkeley Square, claimed the new crossing was unnecessary and will cause gridlock.
He said: "We've already got too many traffic lights and we shouldn't have any more.
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"They are one of the main reasons why we have so much congestion in the city.
"I think there is a policy by the council to slow down traffic as much as possible so they can eventually introduce congestion charging without a problem."
Mr Moran, who lives in Clifton and regularly cycles to work, invented a gadget which helps hospital patients to give themselves a drink.
He said there were two other crossings nearby and if pedestrians could not be bothered to use them, then that was their choice.
He said anyone with common sense would realise it was a busy road and only cross when they were able to do so - there was no need for a signalised crossing.
A council spokeswoman said the crossing aimed to solve a safety problem where fairly fast moving traffic iwass changing lanes or joining the road at the point where pedestrians were trying to cross.
The £95,000 scheme has been financed by Ashfield Land, the developer of a local office development, St Catherine's Court, as part of a planning agreement.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said: "I don't believe there are many people who drive, walk or cycle in the area who would contest how dangerous that corner is, so improved pedestrian safety should be welcomed by all."
The work will take up to eight weeks with various lane closures expected to cause delays.