Joy at last for Middleton, the Norfolk village which has been campaigning for a crossing across the busy A47 for decades
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A West Norfolk village cut in half by the busy A47 will finally get a pedestrian crossing after years of campaigning.
The Highways Agency plans to install a new signal controlled crossing in Middleton in the spring.
Roads minister Stephen Hammond said: “This new crossing will allow Middleton schoolchildren and other residents to cross safely between the residential area on the north side of the A47 and the local school on the south side.
“This vital investment will make a real difference to the day to day lives of people in Middleton.”
Last night Mark Fuller, chairman of Middleton Parish Council, said: “I’m delighted. The difficulty in safely crossing the A47 is the most significant issue for our community. I am delighted that the concerns voiced by so many of our residents will finally be addressed.”
Linda Creed, chairman of governors at Middleton Primary School, said: “This really is excellent news as we estimate that 70pc of the children attending the school live to the north of the A47 and this will allow many of them to walk or cycle to school safely.”
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said: “I well remember visiting this stretch of the A47 through Middleton on a very wet morning back in 1992, with the then secretary of state for transport, Malcolm Rifkind.
“He made it clear that he fully understood the concerns of local residents, and whilst it is regrettable that it has taken 20 years for this to come to fruition, nevertheless, the village will now get what they have been campaigning for.”
June Leamon, ward councillor for Middleton and West Winch, said: “I’m really pleased. It’s a main route with HGVs thundering past. It’s a very dangerous situation there – it’s very narrow where the children have to cross.”