Permanent Puffin Crossing on Bideford Longbridge
By Hyperlocal | Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:10
Puffin Crossing by Brian Suda via Flickr
on a £33,000 Puffin crossing on Bideford Longbridge is due to begin next Monday, 1 November 2010.
Earlier this year when the bridge was being repaired there were traffic lights at both ends of the bridge and the crossing near the Royal Hotel proved popular with the locals.
One reason for Devon County Council funding this scheme is to control vehicle and pedestrian traffic during further works next month. Structural work will be carried out on New Road in November in order
to strengthen the riverside retaining wall and cantilever walkway. This work will require closure of the Riverside footway. There will be a temporary pedestrian crossing on New Road as well
as the new crossing on the Longbridge
Councillor Stuart Hughes,
Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation,
said: "Given the local support for a permanent crossing at this point,
Devon County Council has made funds available to establish a permanent
light-controlled crossing to meet both the temporary and long term
safety needs of pedestrians. It's also a cost effective scheme as it
saves the cost of providing a temporary crossing which would have cost
around £10,000 for the duration of the works on the retaining wall."
Sam Robinson, Devon County Councillor for Bideford East, said: "This
state-of-the-art pedestrian crossing will be welcomed by all. The
temporary lights that operated during the bridge refurbishment was seen
by both Town Council and residents as a great boon, their removal was
regretted, and the installation of the permanent crossing cannot come a
day too soon."
Temporary traffic signals will be operated on the
bridge for two weeks between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday, while the
crossing is constructed.