Fifteen Middlesbrough 'lollipop' crossing patrols axed

Ray Mallon
Image caption Mayor Ray Mallon said posts would be cut through "natural wastage"

Plans to cut 15 school lollipop crossing patrols throughout Middlesbrough have been unveiled.

Middlesbrough Council said that those to be phased out were "little-used" lunchtime crossings and that road safety was a "priority".

The town's elected Mayor Ray Mallon also said the cuts would be made through "natural wastage" and there would be no compulsory redundancies.

Patrols to be phased out include those at Acklam and Borough roads.

Those also facing the axe include at Cargo Fleet Lane, Overdale Road, Southfield Road and Stainton Way.

Crossings in busy areas including at the junction of Borough Road and Marton Road, and on Stokesley Road near the Captain Cook Primary School would stay, the council said.

Mr Mallon said: "Road safety remains a priority in Middlesbrough, which is why we already have some of the best casualty reduction figures in the country.

"We took another look at the original proposals and in some cases it was appropriate to remove crossings, but crossings will be retained at other higher risk junctions."

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