Toucan crossing takes flight as zebras earn stripes

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FUNDING has been secured for a toucan crossing on Annesley Road in Hucknall to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The crossing will be installed near to the shopping precinct close to Washdyke Lane.

It is seen as a key addition for children who use the revamped play area on the Washdyke Lane recreation ground.

Work on the improvements will start next year and comes as part of a commitment by Notts County Council to improving road safety.

The council has responded to demand this year and installed ten zebra crossings, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Among these is one on Linby Road in Hucknall.

The scheme coincides with the 60th anniversary of the zebra crossing. The first appeared in Berkshire in 1951.

They were initiated by the government with the aim of being uniform and eye-catching in response to growing numbers of deaths on the roads.

Coun Richard Jackson (Con), lead member for highways and transport, said: “Whenever we are made aware of a problem we look at the best solution available. Although we use other crossings, the tried-and-trusted zebra is still very much the one we use.”