VULNERABLE pedestrians who negotiate a narrow footpath alongside busy traffic outside the England’s Glory pub in London Road will be able to walk safely from after this week.
Gloucestershire Highways is widening the pavement outside the pub in Gloucester and improving the zebra crossing to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Safety improvement work will begin on Wednesday and will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm in a bid to avoid disrupting traffic in peak hours.
The footpath outside the England’s Glory pub will be widened to prevent pedestrians feeling vulnerable as vehicles pass.
The central pedestrian refuge on the zebra crossing will also be removed to avoid confusion for drivers and pedestrians.
A Gloucestershire Highways spokeswoman said: “To minimise disruption the work will be carried out during off peak hours. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to keep traffic moving.”
County and city councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) welcomed the news. He said: “I’m pleased to see the start of this safety work outside the England’s Glory.
“It’s been very difficult for people waiting to cross the road and cyclists have felt threatened too.
“This is a popular route for people walking between Kingsholm and the hospital and this work will make it much safer for pedestrians waiting to cross the road.”
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at the county council, said, “The footpath on this part of London Road has caused pedestrians difficulty for some time so these safety improvements will make a big difference.”
This work has been funded by Mr Hilton from his Highways Local budget – a pot of money given to each councillor to spend on highway improvements in their area.