‘Dangerous’ island still not removed

New traffic island on Sleaford Road, Ruskington. MSSP-9443SA-5
New traffic island on Sleaford Road, Ruskington. MSSP-9443SA-5

VILLAGERS in Ruskington are wondering why an unpopular and potentially dangerous traffic island has not been removed several months after Lincolnshire County Council agreed it should be dismantled due to safety fears.

The pedestrian island was constructed on Sleaford Road, near to the bus stops and near to the roundabout at the junctions of Rectory Road, Church Lane and Station Road.

But motorists have had difficulty passing buses picking up and dropping off passengers at the bus stops, which has resulted in traffic queuing back over the roundabout or motorists recklessly driving by on the wrong side of the island to get past.

Ruskington Parish Council expressed concerns it was creating a potential hazard, though the county council insisted the pedestrian refuge was installed to provide a safe crossing point to aid pedestrians crossing the road to use the local facilities or access the bus stops.

But last October the county council reviewed the matter following concerns from local residents and their own observations, which revealed motorists were performing dangerous manoeuvres to overtake the bus at the stop, going around the wrong side of the island.

Chris Briggs, the county council’s Head of Transportation, said at the time: “Due to our safety concerns about the reckless manoeuvres taken by motorists, we have been forced to consider an alternative solution for the bus stop on Sleaford Road.”

He confirmed that the county council was proposing to remove the refuge and reinstate the original bus stop but the refuge is still in place seven months later.

The matter was raised at the April meeting of the parish council, where chairman Peter Cunningham said: “Nothing has been resolved about the permanent bus shelter and although Highways have agreed the traffic island will be moved, we have not been given a date yet. We are getting nothing back from the county council at the moment.”

A LCC spokesman confirmed that the island is still in place while they carry out surveys to establish how often it’s used by pedestrians.