Dangerous crossing in Liverpool to be fixed

STOP, look, and listen is what pedestrians do at the Campbell Street, Liverpool crossing.

Yet they're still being hit by traffic on the zebra crossing outside the Westfield shopping centre.

Justin Taylor lives around the corner and uses the crossing at least twice a day, five times a week.

He said it was unsafe and he'd had a near-death experience when a car nearly "wiped him out".

"I've been hit on the crossing," he said.

"Someone stopped for me, then another car swerved past.

"I tried to move out of the way, but she clipped my hand and drove off like nothing had happened.

"I was shocked that people aren't paying attention to the roads, especially to a crossing that has been there for years."

He said drivers were distracted and didn't pay attention to pedestrians.

"I was astonished that it's so dangerous," he said. "You don't know if people are going to stop, or if they are going to keep going when you're already on the crossing.

"It's near a corner, there's a roundabout close by and exits for car parks. Everyone is focusing on something else."

Marian Ison is the manager of the Lifeline store opposite.

She uses the crossing daily and said pedestrians were uncertain.

"I see people nearly get hit all the time," she said.

"The pedestrians are more careful than the drivers.

"The white lines are really faint. I think it probably needs to be raised or repainted to make it more noticeable. And maybe put a speed hump over it."

Liverpool traffic sergeant Damian Leemon said the traffic committee was working on a solution.

"It has been discussed on at least four or five occasions at local traffic meetings, we're working on a solution," he said.

A Liverpool Council spokesman said an upgrade of the crossing was scheduled to be complete by April.

"Works will include raising the pedestrian crossing in line with the recently updated Roads and Maritime Services guidelines, and to install additional signage," he said.

"Works are expected to be complete by end of April, 2013."

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