SAFETY ISSUES FOR PEDESTRIANSMany local residents will remember the tragic death earlier this year of an elderly woman who was attempting to cross the St Helens Linkway in Rainhill. On a bright dry wintery afternoon last February, 77 year old Kath Price from Cronton was enjoying a leisurely walk with her partner, Jim Gillespie from Rainhill. They were walking back towards Jim's home and had to cross the busy Linkway at Chapel Lane.
Kath was not too good on her feet, so both were aware of the time needed for them to cross safely. Tragically, on this day, Kath became another fatality. A vehicle collided with Kath and she had no chance. This duel carriageway is an extremely fast road and traffic can build up to a high speed at this crossing point which is about half a mile further on from Micklehead roundabout.
We can't do anything for Kath, but Jim wants us to stop another similar accident. I, Cllr Glover, have done a traffic safety survey at that spot and can see the need for clear signage to alert motorists of possible dangers. It's a sweeping bend and also on a rise so visibility is somewhat hindered. I hope to report some action in the near future.
UPDATE - At the recent Ward Committee, your three councillors were unanimous in proposing "Pedestrians Crossing Ahead" road signs as part of a full Council Assessment of this accident blackspot.