A DAD who says he has had several near-misses crossing a busy road while walking with his son says something needs to be done to make it safe for pedestrians.
Carl Robertson regularly has to cross Easington Road to take his son Lukas, two, to nursery in Murray Street from their home in Bruce Crescent, West View.
I’ve got to cross that road to get to my son’s nursery and sometimes it takes me about 20 minutes to get across because there’s so many cars and there’s never hardly a gap in the traffic.
The 31-year-old says he sometimes has to wait 20 minutes to get across Easington Road, near the Richardson and Westgarth Club, because of the sheer volume of traffic.
Now Hartlepool Borough Council says it is looking at making improvements in the area by creating a crossing island as part of the nearby Powlett Road improvement scheme. It is also looking in to the feasibility of creating a traffic light-controlled crossing near the Merry Go Round pub further along Easington Road.
Children’s entertainer Carl says he has also helped elderly people to cross the road in the past. He said: “I nearly got ran over there when I was three-and-a-half.
“I’ve got to cross that road to get to my son’s nursery and sometimes it takes me about 20 minutes to get across because there’s so many cars and there’s never hardly a gap in the traffic.
“I’d really like a pelican or pedestrian crossing put there because I’ve had a few near misses.
“The road is just so busy.”
He added: “I’ve helped elderly people get across there in the past. It’s always a big problem and I’m always late because of it.
“There’s no crossing at all on that stretch of road so anything that could be done to improve it would be great.”
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said some improvements are in progress.
He said: “As part of the current Powlett Road improvement scheme, an island crossing is being created near to the Powlett Road roundabout to improve safety when crossing the road. We are also currently looking into the feasibility of a light-controlled crossing on Easington Road near the Merry Go Round public house.
“Safety remains an extremely high priority but we have to operate within the resources which are available to us.”