Councillor Mark Alcock and all your Shaw Lib Dem councillors are pleased that the crossing and junction at Milnrow Road and Linney Lane/Salt Street junction are at last going to be upgraded after your Lib Dem councillors have been campaigning for over twenty years to have these changes made.
We thank those people who have signed the petition and attended the vigil at the crossing after the tragic accident that resulted in the loss of Annalise Holt, our thoughts go to her family and friends at this very sad time.
Pleased be assured that I and your other Shaw Lib Dem councillors are and will continue to press for these improvements to be made as soon as possible.
If you want anymore information, please contact me at: [email protected]
Below is the press release from Oldham Council issued this morning:
SIGNIFICANT UPGRADE TO SHAW CROSSING IN BOROUGH-WIDE REVIEW
Oldham Council is pledging a significant upgrade to a junction and zebra crossing in Shaw as part of an ongoing review of similar sites across the borough.
Annalise Holt, 12, was fatally injured following a collision with a van at the zebra crossing on Milnrow Road, Shaw at about 4.30pm on December 17.
An investigation by Greater Manchester Police into this incident remains ongoing.
Oldham Council officers have also been re-examining data and the site at the same time.
The local authority takes its responsibility to keep roads safe extremely seriously.
Officers monitor official accident data to identify priority areas for road safety improvements which include a wide range of measures such as speed limits, road safety education, training and publicity, physical safety measures and school safety cars.
In response to public concerns, Oldham Council is today committing to a significant upgrade of the junction and crossing at the Milnrow Road site.
A review of crossing sites with similar characteristics across the borough is already underway. These are typically zebra crossings located on busy roads with similar levels of footfall.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “It’s only right and proper that we undertake a thorough review of the crossing in Shaw following the tragic death of Annalise Holt.”
“I want to make it clear that we are minded to making significant upgrades to both this crossing and the junction.
“We do not have the final outcome yet from the police investigation. This takes time and the findings may not emerge for several weeks as it is still not clear exactly what caused the accident at this stage.
“However, we are also fully aware of the strength of public feeling. It is important that we listen to the concerns that the Shaw community have been voicing about this site.
“We are aware of the petitions currently being compiled and we have also spoken with ward members who made it clear they wanted a full review of the layout and signage. We have listened and are committed to acting on those concerns.
“We are also currently reviewing all road crossings in the borough that have similar characteristics to this one. Officers are looking at all available information from each site and will make recommendations for improvements where required.
“That borough-wide review is underway and will be completed in March. We will then look to begin identified improvement works as soon as possible.
“In terms of the Milnrow Road crossing site, once a final design is prepared for a new scheme it will be shared with the public and subject to the normal third-party consultation we must always undertake in these situations.”
Councillor Rod Blyth, Vice-Chair of the Shaw and Crompton District Executive, said: “My colleagues and I welcome any news that will see this crossing improved and enhanced.”
“We will continue working with Oldham Council and local residents to get the much needed upgrades for this crossing implemented as quickly as possible.”