Zebra crossing finally arrives for Leeds students after more than half a century

LONG WAIT OVER: Students toast the new crossing - after half a century of campaigning.
LONG WAIT OVER: Students toast the new crossing - after half a century of campaigning.
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Students at Leeds Trinity University are finally celebrating the installation of a zebra crossing outside campus - more than half a century after first asking for one!

The crossing, outside the campus on Brownberrie Lane in Horsforth, will improve the safety of students, staff and local residents.

Since Leeds Trinity University was opened in 1966, students have campaigned for a pedestrian crossing to improve safety, even attempting to paint on their own crossing.

Charles Isherwood, President of Leeds Trinity University Students’ Union, said: “We’re delighted to finally have a zebra crossing.

“Brownberrie Lane is a really busy road so the crossing will make it so much easier and safer for staff, students and local residents to cross the road, especially with the dark nights approaching.

“We’re delighted that the campaigning of Leeds Trinity University students has finally paid off.”

“We’d like to thank Leeds City Council for listening to the feedback of Leeds Trinity students and making the area safer for everyone.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, says the decision to finally grant the university’s request will ensure the area is safe for students and motorists.

He said: “Following a review, it was agreed to install a zebra crossing on Brownberrie Lane as part of a collaborative agreement between the council and the university.

“We’re confident it will provide a safe crossing place for students, staff, visitors and local residents alike.

“Particularly as it is where an adjacent bus stop is situated.”