A traffic island has finally been installed on a busy road in Bromley Cross following more than a year-long campaign after a schoolgirl was knocked over.

Residents have been campaigning for a crossing on Turton Road since the accident happened in January last year.

Kathryn Henderson created a petition calling for a pelican crossing not long after the accident, which achieved 2,529 signatures.

She said: “I’m really pleased with it.

The Bolton News: “Initially it looked a little narrow, but now the road markings are down it is more substantial.

“It’s flat and easy to get a bike, pram or dog on it.

“I used it to cross the road and I am so chuffed that the kids and everyone can now cross more safely.”

She has thanked all those who have been heavily involved in the campaign, including ward councillors Cllr Nadim Muslim, Cllr Amy Cowen, and Cllr Sam Connor.

She added: “They have been behind this from the beginning and worked hard against lots of delays and red tape.

“They deserve some praise, plus of course all the other school mums who rallied round getting the Facebook group and petition sorted.”

The Bolton News:

Cllr Muslim says that since it was installed last week, he has seen a lot of people using it, and he has noticed that drivers have been a “bit more conscious” when approaching the bend.

He said: “It’s massively important.

“People were already using it to cross more safely whilst it was under construction, and it’s great.

“It shows the feeling that people were still willing to use the crossing.

“I think it shows that you can make a difference and meaningful change for a lot of people.”

Cllr Muslim says this is something that ward councillors have been calling for, for many years, but it is thanks to residents getting the petition together, that they were able to take it to the next level.

Cllr Connor added: “It’s an ideal place for the crossing to be, and aids all residents cross safely, especially for the local schools and elderly.

“It’s very welcomed and is a great asset to the area.

“It is something that residents have wanted for a long time.”

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