LETTER: Zebra crossing ‘beggars belief’

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool

EARLY in 2006 a petition was organised of pedestrians requesting Hartlepool Borough Council install a zebra crossing on Holdforth Road.

It recommended that the crossing should be to the west of the western egress of the University Hospital of Hartlepool, near to the footway leading to its main entrance.

The petition was presented to the council, resulting in a speed volume count of traffic using Holdforth Road and a portfolio holder instructing that a pedestrian facility, possibly a zebra crossing, be placed on the Local Transport Plan at number 19.

A grant of £14,000 was awarded to the council in late December 2006 to install the aforesaid zebra crossing.

The council tasked its transport team to compile a scheme to install a zebra crossing on Holdforth Road.

The transport team chose an inappropriate location for the crossing that could only be implemented by relocating a bus stop.

The scheme was sent out for consultation prior to obtaining permission to relocate a bus stop from any of the three relevant bus companies concerned.

When permission to relocate was requested from the main bus company it refused permission to relocate the bus stop.

The scheme became a dead duck, unable to be implemented.

Consequently the funding was returned unspent to the donor.

When I asked the council why the other two bus companies had not been requested permission to relocate the bus stop I was informed that if the main bus company had agreed to relocation the other two bus companies’ permission would then have been sought.

It beggars belief that, after funding was obtained to install a zebra crossing on Holdforth Road, the traffic team produced and distributed a scheme which could only be implemented by obtaining permission to relocate a bus stop from three bus companies which had neither been sought nor obtained prior to sending out the scheme for consultation.

Dennis Wilson,

Kensington Court,

Hartlepool.