Junction near Middlesbrough College is accident waiting to happen, say students

TEES PIC Students call for action on road junction

TEES PIC Students call for action on road junction

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MIDDLESBROUGH college students are taking action to bring in safety measures to a potentially hazardous junction.

The college student union has voiced concerns over a frequently-used junction at Windward Way, Bridge Street and Dock Street.

While the junction’s safety record has been fine, there are concerns by the students that it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

The council said it will carry out surveys and develop a strategy with those concerned and Sherry Iqbal, head of the union, is thankful for the response of the council.

Ms Iqbal said: “We’re really positive about the response we got from Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police and are confident that a suitable solution will be found.

"We appreciate that cost is an issue, and that the local authority has had to make some tough financial decisions over the last 12 months but we’re hopeful that we can bring about changes to make the junction safer.”

A petition about the junction has gained more than a thousand signatures.

Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said she was glad to see students voicing their concerns.

“While the accident record at the junction of Windward Way, Bridge Street East and Dock Street is good, I’m pleased to see students doing their bit to ensure casualties are kept to an absolute minimum," she said.

“We will continue to work with the College and Cleveland Police to monitor the situation and ensure any necessary action is taken within available resources.”

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2:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

RoyFayse says...

It beggars belief that the Council though this junction was safe the way it's been done - after all, they must have approved the plans. The footbridge at the other end should always have been a road bridge - then combined with the expensive new N. Ormesby junction from the A66, that would have funnelled traffic the other side of the college rather than running it across what is now a main pedestrian route. Still, patch and mend rather than get it right first time.
It beggars belief that the Council though this junction was safe the way it's been done - after all, they must have approved the plans. The footbridge at the other end should always have been a road bridge - then combined with the expensive new N. Ormesby junction from the A66, that would have funnelled traffic the other side of the college rather than running it across what is now a main pedestrian route. Still, patch and mend rather than get it right first time. RoyFayse
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