Zebra crossing blamed for Northampton bus station traffic chaos is being removed

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A zebra crossing near the Northampton’s new bus station which was blamed for the traffic chaos in the town centre four weeks ago is being removed by Northamptonshire County Council.

From tomorrow morning, the existing belisha beacon zebra crossing, between O’Neill’s bar and Santander bank, will no longer be available to pedestrians.

On Tuesday and Wednesday night council workers will remove the existing zebra beacons and the marked paving will be replaced with normal paving.

By Thursday morning the zebra crossing removal will be completed and temporary barriers removed.

A council spokesman said a new pedestrian crossing, which reaches from outside the Subway restaurant to the Obsession tanning shop, will come into operation on Tuesday morning.

The spokesman said: “Following the traffic problems in the area earlier this month all the agencies involved - Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and the bus operating companies – have met to deal with the issues and put solutions in place.”

However the move has been questioned by one of the bus station’s biggest critics, former bus driver, Norman Sharp.

The 75-year-old, from abington, who is a regular letter writer to the Chron, said: “This is yet another change from the original plans and I dread to think how much it is all costing.

“And I’m not convinced moving the crossing will work either as pedestrians will all converge outside the Crowmwell cafe, on the corner of the Drapery and Bradshaw Street. All that footfall with completely block the pavement.”