Maghull Labour Councillor hopes to get green light to improve sa

Maghull Labour Councillor Steve Kermode with childminder Chris McPhillips with some of the children and parents who use the crossing.

Maghull Labour Action Team is hoping to get the green light to plans to improve the safety of a crossing on a busy town road.


Chris McPhillips is a registered childminder for eight youngsters in Maghull.


Living on Shop Lane, she regularly uses the zebra crossing on Liverpool Road North on her route to and from the shops.


But she says the crossing has become so dangerous for pedestrians she fears it is only a matter of time before someone is injured or even killed.


She turned to Park Ward Labour Councillor Steve Kermode for help to tackle the problem.


Chris told Cllr Kermode: "The zebra crossing on Liverpool Road North, which is a main road, is hazardous to cross for both young and old and we believe something needs to be done about it before an accident occurs or even a fatality.


"There are a very small minority of drivers who are very impatient and do not wait for you to cross the road completely before driving off.


"There are also other drivers that will beep their horn because you have wanted to wait for the other side to have stopped before you cross. As I have experienced in the past that the other side do not necessarily stop straight away, thus making it treacherous to cross - especially for children.


"With pedestrian lights, you would feel safer and confident in crossing this very busy road. You would also feel confident in your children crossing alone to go to and from school and to the shops as they become older and more independent.


"We need public support with this issue as safety is paramount for all our loved ones."


Cllr Kermode said the crossing has become a hazard.


Cllr Kermode said: "You do have to keep your wits about you when you cross this particular zebra crossing.


"Part of the problem is the issue of the speed of some of the cars coming off Northway on the slip road heading to Southport. They need to slow down.


"This obviously makes it very difficult for some pedestrians to be able to make it across the crossing before cars are dangerously close.


"It can also be quite difficult to see on-coming vehicles because it can be difficult to see further up the road because of parked cars.


"So I have asked for a costing to replace the zebra crossing with a pedestrian push-button crossing, which makes it a lot easier for people to cross without the fear of oncoming vehicles approaching you before you've had time to get to the other side.


"Because of the cuts to its budget, Sefton doesn't have the funding to pay for a crossing of this kind, so once I do have the costings, I will look at putting a request to the area committee for funding.


"It is clear that there is an issue at this crossing, and we need to do all we can to make it safer for pedestrians, young and old alike."

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