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Crossing not ready at new health centre
12:00pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
A MULTI-MILLION pound health centre will open its doors to the public this month without a crossing point in place on a busy town centre street.
The new £7million Legh Street Medical Centre will take over the operations of Garven Place, on Sankey Street, when it opens but patients wanting to attend the centre will have to wait until the new year before a pedestrian crossing can be in place.
With the centre on the site of the former Warrington Baths it is across the road from Golden Square Shopping Centre and the bus interchange - meaning many visitors travelling on public transport or by foot will have to cross the busy bus lane and road traffic.
Resident John Mulhall also questioned whether railings should be in place outside the entrance to the building on Legh Street, which is close to the roadside.
He said: “When you come out of the building are they going to put barriers so when you leave the property children aren’t going to run outside straight on to the road?”
A council spokesman said: “Our traffic management team is currently investigating the best location of the crossing, taking into account access to the shops and car park in Golden Square and the newly built NHS Drop-in Centre.
"To assist in this task there has been some initial feasibility talks with the town centre board transportation working group, Golden Square management and NHS Warrington.
"Their input has been used to refine the draft proposals.
“In November we will be publishing a traffic order and contacting all business and residential premises on Legh Street and Bath Street by letter about the plans. Members of the public can also have their say. Subject to approval the crossing is expected to be installed in the new year.”