Road crossing so difficult it should be an Olympic sport, say users
USERS of a crossing on Ashley Hill have declared it unsafe and plan to make the point by staging an Olympic themed protest.
Local residents say the existing crossing on Ashley Hill is unsuitable and any user with a bike, buggy, scooter, or dog is at risk. Campaigners say it is not big enough, not visible enough and not safe enough.
To make this point, at 4pm tomorrow (July 11) an enormous Olympic Torch will be carried across the road and crowds will cheer each time a pedestrian makes it from one side to the other.
The Ashley Hill Railway Bridge Crossing Campaign has collected more than
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1,200 signatures from users of this public right of way to demand a safe passage across the road, and Bristol City Council executive member for transport Tim Kent (Lib Dem) will be there to receive the petition.
Local Green Party Cllr Gus Hoyt said: "This has been a dangerous crossing for a long time and I've had many discussions with council officers in the past. I'm glad that so many local residents have made such a stir. We on the council will have to act."
Local Lib Dem Cllr Jon Rogers said: "Action to improve this crossing is long overdue. It is great that residents are giving it publicity and raising the profile. The Lib Dem Cabinet have identified an extra £2m to help support small highways schemes like this, as part of their £50m 'Investing in Bristol's Future' capital programme. It is hard to imagine a more deserving case."