‘Accident waiting to happen’

PETITION: Dennis Wilson at the point in Holdforth Road, where he thinks a traffic island should be placed
PETITION: Dennis Wilson at the point in Holdforth Road, where he thinks a traffic island should be placed
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A PENSIONER is campaigning to have a pedestrian island installed on a busy road near a hospital.

Dennis Wilson, 85, is calling for the safety measure to be built on Holdforth Road, in Hartlepool, as he fears there could be an accident as people try to cross the road.

He claims he regularly sees motorists “racing” at up to 50mph on the 30mph road, despite pedestrians, including visitors to the nearby University Hospital of Hartlepool, waiting to cross.

He has gathered a 233-name petition with signatures of people in favour of getting the pedestrian island installed.

Retired driving instructor Mr Wilson campaigned to have a zebra crossing put in place on the road in 2006.

But after a consultation, Hartlepool Borough Council reached the conclusion that it would not be feasible due to the road’s layout.

Mr Wilson, who is married to Edith, 81, and dad to Susan Ketteringham, 60, and Peter Wilson, 51, said: “You see a lot of people getting off the bus to go and visit the hospital and they can’t get across the road.

“You have got to be really careful – I reckon there’s an accident waiting to happen.

“It’s a 30mph speed limit but if you go out sometimes on a morning, between about 8am-9am, they are not doing 30, they are doing 40 and 50.

“They just race down and people have got no chance of getting across unless you had an island in the middle of the road.”

Mr Wilson added: “I have gathered names of people who use the road, including visitors to the hospital.

“They come from all over, including the former collieries.”

Mr Wilson was due to present the petition to the council.

A council spokesman said: “We have received Mr Wilson’s petition, and in line with the council’s policy on petitions it has been referred to the appropriate department and an acknowledgement letter has been sent out.”