Plan of action to improve safety at Spalding Bus Station

A number of measures have been drawn up to improve safety for passengers and the public at Spalding Bus Station after a fatal accident there during the summer.
A number of measures have been drawn up to improve safety for passengers and the public at Spalding Bus Station after a fatal accident there during the summer.
  • New markings, extra signage, speed enforcement and pothole repairs all in the pipeline
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Work to improve safety for passengers and the public at Spalding Bus Station are to take place after a crash which fatally injured an elderly pedestrian.

New road markings and signs directing people towards a safe place to cross are to be brought in at the bus station in Winfrey Avenue where Harold Fisher (93), of West Elloe Avenue, Spalding, was hit by a single decker bus on Tuesday, August 23.

Mr Fisher was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for treatment after suffering serious head injuries, but sadly he died in hospital on Monday, August 29.

Talks have taken place between Spalding Town Forum, a group of South Holland District Council members with wards in Spalding, and Lincolnshire County Council highways department to find ways of improving safety for pedestrians.

Coun Gary Taylor, district councillor for Spalding Castle and a town forum member, said: “Coun Christine Lawton (district councillor for Spalding Wygate) and I have been looking at the need for safety improvements at Spalding Bus Station for some time.

“Pedestrians, bus users and bus drivers have commented that they have found the bus station to be unsafe and one bus driver said that he goes to other areas and finds the bus stations to be in good order, whereas there are some issues in Spalding.

Coun Christine Lawton (district councillor for Spalding Wygate) and I have been looking at the need for safety improvements at Spalding Bus Station for some time

Coun Gary Taylor, district councillor for Spalding Castle and member of Spalding Town Forum

“South Holland District Council owns the bus station, but some of it is owned by Lincolnshire County Council highways department because it’s on the main road (Winfrey Avenue).

“Our health and safety officer has looked at the bus station and suggested that some improvements should be made by painting road markings that will direct pedestraians to a safer place to cross, along with some signange.

“We’ll also see what we can do about enforcement where vehicles go through the bus station at speed, as well as investing money in fixing the potholes.

“This is all good news in the short term and in the long term, we’ll be looking at relocating the bus station closer to the town centre.”

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