Jointline’s Contribution to Enhancing Safety at Bradford’s “Most Dangerous” Zebra Crossing

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In a bid to transform what has been labelled the "most dangerous crossing" in Bradford, Jointline has played a pivotal role in a scheme aimed at improving safety on Horton Grange Road. This notorious zebra crossing has garnered considerable attention on social media due to a spate of accidents, prompting the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to take action. 

The decision to invest in enhancing safety at the Horton Grange Road zebra crossing was underscored by a recent incident where an eight-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle, suffering minor injuries. In light of this unfortunate event and a series of similar incidents, Bradford City Metropolitan Council, under the guidance of Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, council executive member for regeneration, planning, and transport, proposed a comprehensive safety improvement plan.

Jointline, with their expertise in highways line marking and demarcation, provided the finishing touches that will help reduce the number of accidents at this bustling crossing. Jointline's involvement focused on the creation of clearer and more prominent demarcations on the road using HiTex International HiBrite 150mcd with reflective glass beads, engineered to achieve the highest levels of retroreflectivity, colour and heat stability, durability and adhesion, effectively guiding drivers. The crossing was finished off with stainless steel pedestrian crossing studs with a serrated finish at the drop kerbs to enhance grip properties for crossing users.

Tarmac, renowned for their expertise in road construction and maintenance, was contracted to convert the zerbra crossing into a pedestrian crossing and resurface the approaches on Horton Grange Road with their state-of-the-art ULTILAYER S 10mm 68 PSV. This flexible, polymer-modified stone mastic asphalt is known for significantly enhancing the co-efficient grip on road surfaces. The project aimed to address the root cause of accidents and enhance the overall safety of the crossing.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw emphasised, "This zebra crossing has recently been the scene of several incidents where drivers have failed to stop for those crossing the road, and the new crossing with traffic lights should make it safer."

Jointline's involvement in this project is a testament to their expertise in enhancing road safety through advanced line marking solutions. The combination of Tarmac's work to install traffic lights, superior road resurfacing material, and Jointline's precision demarcations holds the promise of transforming this notorious crossing into a safer and more secure passage for all users.

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