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New crossing points after Leeds student tragedy

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New improved pedestrian facilities are to be installed near a notoriously busy junction outside the University of Leeds, after a coroner called for a review following the death of a teenager.

Dental student Fraser McLintock died after a car accident in 2012. The 19-year old was visiting the city with friends when he was hit by a private hire taxi at the St Mark’s Road and Blenheim Walk junction with Woodhouse Lane. The area is near the University’s Parkinson building and often bustling with students, even late at night.

Glasgow-born Fraser, who was studying in Newcastle and was unfamiliar with Leeds, suffered serious head injuries and died a week later.

Now, almost two years after his death, Leeds City Council is set to answer the coroner’s calls and spend £100,000 on new pedestrian facilities at the spot.

A report approved by the council’s chief officer for highways and transport confirms a new pedestrian refuge will be built on St Mark’s Road, to act as a split between the northbound and southbound traffic. There will also be new formal pedestrian crossing points.

The report says: “Following a fatal injury accident at the junction of A660 Woodhouse Lane/Blenheim Walk with St Mark’s Road, a review of the pedestrian crossing facilities across the whole junction was requested by the district coroner. It is important to note that whilst the fatality was not due to the lack of formal crossing facilities, the coroner did identify a lack of formal crossing facilities at this location and thus requested if the city council could investigate possible improvement measures. The subsequent investigation deemed that the lack of specific pedestrian crossing facilities at certain points was not desirable, particularly with the large pedestrian numbers seen in the immediate area.”

 

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