Campaigner’s delight as work on Northorpe crossing draws near

The A15 at Northorpe.
The A15 at Northorpe.
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A campaigner has expressed her delight after a council confirmed it would start work on a pedestrian crossing on a busy village road.

Lincolnshire County Council will start building the puffin crossing on the A15 in Northorpe on Monday.

Clare White and Sam Abbott campaigning for a pedestrian crossing at Thurlby and Northorpe in January 2014. Sam Abbott, left, and Clare White, with her children Tia, 10, and Alfie, 23 months.

Clare White and Sam Abbott campaigning for a pedestrian crossing at Thurlby and Northorpe in January 2014. Sam Abbott, left, and Clare White, with her children Tia, 10, and Alfie, 23 months.

Residents have been calling for crossings in Northorpe and nearby Thurlby for years, but the campaign intensified after schoolgirls Willow James and Molly Williams were hit by a minibus while crossing the road in January last year.

Mum-of-two Clare White, from Thurlby, launched a petition calling for the crossings, which got more than 7,000 signatures. This week she said: “I’m really happy. I can’t wait for it to be put in place.

“When it’s built it’s going to make it safer for children getting off the school buses, the elderly and dog walkers.

“Coming from Thurlby you have to cross the road at Northorpe if you are walking into Bourne. Hopefully there will be no more accidents.”

Bourne Academy pupils Willow and Molly were aged just 11 when they were hit while crossing the A15. Thankfully they both made full recoveries from their injuries. Mrs White has since moved to the Deepings. Her daughter started at the Deepings School in September, and she did not want to send her to school on the bus.

But she has vowed to keep fighting for a crossing in Thurlby, which the council said it could not afford.

Work in Northorpe is due to take four weeks. The majority will be done during the day and temporary traffic lights will be in use. There will be full road closures over between 7pm and 6am from March 25 to 27.