Meeting to bid for A15 crossing in Morton

People in Morton want a pedestrian crossing on the A15 Northorpe just like the one built in nearby Northorpe.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
People in Morton want a pedestrian crossing on the A15 Northorpe just like the one built in nearby Northorpe. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Fears over people’s safety in crossing the A15 in Morton will come to a head at a public meeting in the village this week.

A large crowd is expected for the meeting at Morton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 22, when Coun Richard Davies (Con), executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, will meet villagers who want pedestrian crossing on the A15.

“People have taken risks, running across the road when they aren’t supposed to, in order to catch the bus and so we want to have a crossing in Morton before a serious accident happens.”

Coun Michael Holden, vice chairman of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council

The meeting has been organised by Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council whose vice chairman Coun Michael Holden said: “Concerns have been raised about the amount of traffic coming through Morton which has increased substantially over the last few years.

“People have taken risks, running across the road when they aren’t supposed to, in order to catch the bus and so we want to have a crossing in Morton before a serious accident happens.”

Hopes for a new crossing in Morton comes after one was installed in nearby Northorpe where two Bourne Academy students, Willow James and Molly Williams, were critically injured when a minibus hit them in January 2014.

Bourne Abbey county councillor Sue Woolley said: “I have campaigned long and hard for a pedestrian crossing on the A15 at Morton and, in my opinion, there is clearly a need for this to improve the safety of residents crossing the road to reach the local school, pre-school, post office, church and Baptist church.

“The problem in making this a reality is it would be an expensive and complex project, due to the layout of the junction, but we can discuss a way forward.”

Meanwhile, district councillor Frances Cartwright added: “There is a well-established need for a crossing on the A15 between Morton and Hanthorpe and I will support the county council’s highways department in securing this community asset.”