Work starts on Hunstanton pedestrian crossing after 10 year campaign

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Mums and children will soon be able to safely get over a busy road to get to Hunstanton Recreation Ground after a 10-year campaign for a pedestrian crossing has been won.

Norfolk County Council is spending £160,000 on replacing the current traffic island in Cromer Road with a puffin crossing next month.

The council has also warned motorists of delays on the A149 at Hunstanton as it completes road re-surfacing during February and March.

Richard Bird, who represents Hunstanton on Norfolk County Council, says the new puffin crossing is desperately needed.

Mr Bird said: “We have been waiting 10 years for this crossing. It is desperately needed.

“The houses are on one side of the A149 while the Recreation Ground is opposite. There is not a safe crossing point and traffic in this area is increasing.

“The Recreation Ground is well used and hosts the tennis tournament, which is one of the biggest in the UK with 1,000 people taking part. Every time the Recreation Ground is used for a major event, it presents real challenges with issues of safety.

“Over the years, there has been a number of near misses. Kids have been bowled off their bikes and people have been hurt but fortunately no-one has been hospitalised.”

Work to create the crossing will start between February 16 and March 6.

A 24 hour road closure near the existing pedestrian refuge crossing point is planned with the date to be confirmed. Motorists will then be diverted along the B1161, which takes in Oasis Way, Southend Road and Cliff Parade.

Between March 9 and 13, works to resurface the A149 close to the south of the B1161 Light House Lane junction will go ahead. Motorists will be diverted through the town.

Work to resurface the A149 north of the junction is due to go ahead between March 16 and 27.

Motorists will then be diverted through Sedgeford, Docking and Brancaster.

Mr Bird said: “The road surface is in a shocking condition.

“This has been considered extensively and this is the quietest time on the road for this work to go ahead.”

The county council says the total cost of both schemes is £270,000.