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Walk This Way - People Power Gets A New Pedestrian Crossing

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8:08am 22nd March 2014

Some of them said they felt like prisoners in their own homes - but after an 8 year struggle a Weymouth Community is no longer cut off.

A new pedestrian crossing now links 1,000 households in Southill to Weymouth Town Centre.

A petition of 1,000 signatures finally got the council to listen. They were then able to get £2.4M of funding for the scheme from the Department of Transport.

Cycling charity Sustrans also money into the project.

Sustrans area manager Kevin Humphreys said:

"We are delighted to have been able to provide £289,000 DfT Cycle Safety Funding towards the crossings for the Weymouth Way and the cycleway. This will enable more residents in Southill, Westham and Radipole to undertake more of their everyday journeys on foot or by cycle".

Pedestrian islands from the roundabout to Westham Junction were installed last year and work is continuing on the new Weymouth Way foot and cycleway. This will link other routes to the new path for cyclists and pedestrians on Weymouth Way - between Chafeys roundabout and Manor roundabout - and should be completed in May.

Cllr David Harris, county councillor for the Westham division in Weymouth, said:

 "The crossing means local people of all ages and abilities can walk and cycle safely into town as an alternative to driving. It also is an important link in the joining up of the various cycle routes in the borough."

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