VIDEO: Concerns raised over crossing delays in Swinton

Highways bosses have adjusted a pedestrian crossing on a major road following complaints that it was taking too long for the lights to change.

Older residents had complained about the amount of time they had to wait for the green man after pressing the button at Station Street, Swinton.

Frank Knapton, pictured by the pedestrian crossing on Station Road, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley S5024MC

Frank Knapton, pictured by the pedestrian crossing on Station Road, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley S5024MC

They also raised concerns that frail pensioners were not being given enough time to get across the road once the lights had changed.

But Rotherham Council has now agreed to adjust the lights so they change quicker and people are not left waiting for as long.

The authority has also vowed to look into a further change to give people more time to cross.

Mexborough man Frank Knapton raised the issue after he had to quicken his step to avoid being hit by a van.

The 77-year-old, of Morton Road, said: “I was using the push-button pedestrian crossing when a white van came out of the junction with Lime Grove towards me as I nearly reached the pavement so I had to try to quicken my steps to complete the crossing safely.

“It was obvious to me that the timing of the lights was off and there was a delay after I first pressed the button.

“I’m glad the council has taken action but it is something I will be keeping an eye on.”

The move comes just weeks after pedestrians’ charity Living Streets launched its ‘Give Us Time to Cross’ campaign which calls for three seconds more ‘green man’ time at pedestrian crossings.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “The evidence shows that 7.5 million people simply do not have enough time to safely reach the opposite side of the road at pedestrian crossings.”

A Rotherham Council Spokesman said: “We haven’t increased the green man time for pedestrians, but we did have an issue with detector loops on the side road, Lime Grove, which was causing pedestrians to have to wait longer for the green man signal. If there are still issues then we will gladly investigate.”