UK zebra crossing rule change after drivers 'almost go into back of cars'

A new UK zebra crossing that cost £30k has been closed after two weeks and branded a "ridiculous" safety hazard. A new zebra crossing situated next to a busy Flintshire junction has been "closed" by the council after motorists recorded a problem.

The positioning of the crossings led to criticism it was "dangerous". Holywell town councillor, Daniel Thomas, said: "I think it’s more dangerous as I’ve witnessed cars not stopping even with people waiting there. And when a car does stop the back of the car is hanging out onto the main road which then can cause a car to clip the back end."

The crossing was put in at the end of a side road connecting with the busy A5026 running through the town. However, it did not leave much of a gap between the crossing point and the junction itself - sparking fury among local motorists, road users and drivers.

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Speaking out over the decision to axe the crossing, Holywell councillor Mr Thomas said: "They need to rethink on improving this crossing." One motorist said in response to the new crossing: "I've almost gone in the back of someone a couple of times as they slam on." Another added: "It's simply not a safe place for a zebra crossing. Far too close to a very busy junction. Must be hell at school times." Others branded the crossings "ridiculous" and "shambolic".

Flintshire Council said that the zebra crossings will be "temporarily closed" following the concerns. A spokesperson said: "The zebra crossing was implemented earlier this month as part of a wider Safer Routes in the Community scheme aimed at improving access to Ysgol Gwenffrwd and St Winefrides primary school.

"Following concerns raised by local residents, the zebra crossing will be temporarily closed in order to undertake additional safety checks.”