A councillor has labelled delays to a pedestrian crossing on Bury St Edmunds’ Moreton Hall estate ‘a complete and utter shambles’.
Suffolk County Council has been working on a scheme for a crossing in Bedingfeld Way, at the pedestrian island near Sainsbury’s, for more than a year.
The first one proposed, a zebra crossing, was rejected because of speed concerns while the second, a raised zebra crossing, was rejected in favour of a puffin due to concerns about noise from HGVs.
The puffin was due to be installed two weeks ago but, ‘due to the additional design work required, the ordering times for the crossing’s signals and the time required for moving the bus shelter’, it was not.
A council spokesman said: “A revised date will be provided as soon as is practicable. We can confirm that the funding for the crossing is secure.”
Cllr Trevor Beckwith, who has made a formal complaint about the delays, said: “Why didn’t they think of this in the first place? It just doesn’t stack up that they couldn’t have known about the issues on that site. It’s not rocket science.
“They’re always diving on about alternatives to cars, well, make it easier for people.”