Thousands spent on Collier Row zebra crossing move called 'laughable'
PUBLISHED: 10:29 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:05 09 March 2017
A neighbour has said spending £12,000 to move a zebra crossing a few metres from its original location was "laughable".
The work to move the crossing on Chase Cross Road, Collier Row, between Felstead Road and Lawns Way, forms part of a wider Transport for London (TfL) programme to improve bus stop accessibility.
The work, carried out by the council but funded by TfL, moves the crossing from outside number 93 to 97 – a difference of around 10 metres.
David Nelcho, of Felstead Road, said: ”It’s pretty laughable. It’s so close to the previous one.
“They say there’s no money for social care and austerity continues unabated but there’s £12,000 to waste on moving a zebra crossing a few metres.”
But the cash provided by TfL is specifically for the bus stop accessibility programme.
“The crossing has been moved to allow the relocation of the eastbound bus stop as it could not be made accessible in its original position because of adjacent vehicle crossings,” said a council spokesman.
“These improvements will make it a great deal easier for people with mobility problems, the elderly, and those travelling with young children to travel in Havering.
“Currently, 90 per cent of our bus stops are fully accessible with a target of 95pc by the end of March this year.”
The programme includes raising kerbs, relaying footway services and providing short footway links to shops.
But Mr Nelcho still felt the work was unnecessary.
“It’s [the crossing] moved the length of a van,” he added.