WORK is well under way on a new crossing aimed at boosting road safety.
Hartlepool Borough Council is spending £45,000 building the puffin crossing in Easington Road, close to the roundabout at the King Oswy Drive junction.
Construction work is well advanced on the scheme, which has been funded using money from the local authority’s transport plan.
It is expected to be completed within the next week.
Transport chiefs say it is much-needed as the only other safe place for pedestrians to cross is several hundred yards away, near The Saxon pub.
Labour councillor Rob Cook, who represents the Hart ward, has welcomed the new crossing.
Coun Cook said: “It has taken six years of fighting with the system and now finally the necessary funding has been found to install this crossing.
“For years I have put forward good and valid reasons why this was needed.
“This road is fast and dangerous.
“Not only do children cross over this every day to get either to Clavering Primary School one way or Barnard Grove Primary School the opposite way, it is also a major crossing point for anyone who wishes to access King Oswy Drive shopping precinct.”
Coun Cook added the crossing will also help curb those speeding motorists who flout the 40mph speed limit.
He said: “I am surprised no-one has been killed or seriously injured before now.
“I sincerely hope that when the crossing is complete all drivers will adhere to the speed restrictions and accept the need for this new crossing.”
A council spokesman said: “The only other crossing on this busy stretch of Easington Road is several hundred yards away near The Saxon pub and hopefully this new crossing will make it easier for people living in Clavering and Hart Station to get across the road safely.”
The council’s transport plan is a pot of money made up of contributions from central government.