Mum welcomes safety measure at Hull crossing where son died
THE mother of a boy killed when he was hit by a bus in Hull city centre has welcomed new timers showing people how long they have to cross the road.
Two “countdown timers” are now in place in Margaret Moxon Way, between the Paragon Interchange and St Stephen’s shopping centre in Ferensway, close to where two people have been killed and others injured.
The displays tell people exactly how long they have to cross the road, counting down the time from the green man to the red man, before buses start to move.
Jack Fisher, 14, died in April 2008 after being hit by a bus trying to cross the nearby Brook Street junction with Ferensway.
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His mother Colette Scholes, 46, said although the new technology is not on the same crossing where her son died, she hopes it will help save lives.
She said: “Anything to improve safety and make people aware can only be a good thing.
“I hope this will make a difference to other people’s lives.”
Jack and two friends had used two crossings in Ferensway before reaching Brook Street.
One of the friends crossed the road and the other stepped on to it, but quickly stepped back.
Jack, of North Road, west Hull, continued to cross and was hit by the bus.
Colette said she knows only too well the heartbreak of losing a loved one on a pedestrian crossing and urged people to take more care.
She said: “Unfortunately, people still walk out into the road. I stand there and watch them.
“People are not teaching their children anything.
“People can see the red and the green man but they ignore it. They are just chancing with their lives.
“Risking your life for a couple of seconds is not worth it.”
In November 2010, pensioner Colin Lyon died from head injuries after being knocked down by a bus on the pedestrian crossing between the interchange and St Stephen’s.
A subsequent inquest heard Mr Lyon, 70, failed to look before crossing when the red man signal was showing.
Graham Hall, assistant head of service for transport and asset management at Hull City Council, said the technology could be rolled out to other crossings in the city.
He said: “Unfortunately, people have been ignoring the red man signals on the crossing and we hope the countdown system will encourage pedestrians to take more care when crossing the road.
“The countdown should reduce confusion and uncertainty for pedestrians by displaying exactly how long they have left to cross the road.
“The system is already used in Europe and America, and London has recently rolled out the system across the city following a successful trial.
“Bringing it to Hull is just one of the ways we are continuing to improve safety on our streets.
“We will be monitoring its success and, if it proves to be of benefit, will consider introducing it on other crossings in the city.”