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Hull’s roads boss explains how ‘wacky’ new crossings will save lives
2021-10-16 04:00:00
The eye-catching new crossings that have sprung up on Market Place and Anlaby Road have certainly captured people's attention and not always for the right reasons. Now the officials behind the scheme have given their reasons for supporting the crossings and have answered some of the questions and concerns raised by the public. For the latest traffic and travel headlines in Hull and East Yorkshire, click here. The 'Nudge' crossings have been installed as part of a nationally funded project which will see studies taking place in Liverpool and Hull. The crossings will be in place for two weeks and were originally going to be installed in January but this was delayed due to the pandemic which would have meant the footfall in the areas was not representative. The bizarre and colourful new crossing laid on Thursday in Market Place in Hull city centre (Image: Facebook) Many people have described the crossings on Anlaby Road and Market Place as a distraction or a waste of money, but Councillor Dean Kirk and Safer Roads Humber's Ruth Gore are hoping that they will help make our roads safer for pedestrians. The UK's Road Safety Trust, which works to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, decided action needed to be taken in Hull in a study on pedestrian casualties. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Liverpool and Hull have some of the highest rates of adult residents injured as pedestrians in the UK – Liverpool at 48 resident pedestrian casualties per 100,000 people and Hull at 36 resident pedestrian casualties per 100,000 each year. This means that between 80 and 120 adults are injured as pedestrians each year in Hull. Along with Liverpool, which has an even higher rate, the trust awarded the cities a share of £200,000 to reduce deaths and injuries meaning the scheme is not coming out of Hull City Council coffers. Cllr Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for transport at Hull City Council, said: “I was here earlier this morning and spoke to a couple of families myself, they said they liked it, they thought it was funky. “It's not to everyone's taste and we appreciate that but it's not cost the city anything and if it makes people cross the road safely or it encourages more people to cross safely then it can't be a bad thing. “There will be fact finding afterwards so we'll go back and look at the data from the last two years and we'll see if it has encouraged any more people to use it.” For the latest traffic and travel headlines enter your postcode below The crossings will be in place until October 31 after which data analysis company Agilysis will take a look at the number of people using the crossing and the ways in which it is used. Leading behavioural science company So-M

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