A CROSSING installed in memory of a loving wife has been officially named in her honour.

Alan Lomax, of Melrose Avenue, started a petition last year for traffic calming measures in Burtonwood following a near-miss with his wife Rene, who died two months later on June 6, 2018 at the age of 74.

Alan, 78, recalled the moment which made him determined to petition for better safety measures.

He said, "We walked together, holding hands as we always did, down Colne Road to get to Burtonwood Community Centre by crossing the very busy thoroughfare of Chapel Lane.

"On arriving at the kerb, Rene made a simple mistake that many have made.

"She put one foot off the kerb and onto the road without looking to her right.

"The key to her narrow escape from serious injury was holding hands."

Rene's memory lives on in the community, with many residents picking up the name 'Rene's Crossing' in her honour.

Now, the crossing has been formally named and a plaque installed.

Alan has thanked Joanne Simpson, Councillor Kathy Mitchell, John Jones, and more than 800 people who signed the petition for the crossing.