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Anger over further delays to crossing

posted 27 Feb 2009, 04:47 by David Rintoul   [ updated 17 Nov 2009, 20:10 ]

The lights on a troublesome pedestrian crossing have still not been turned on – two months after it was completed.

The pelican crossing was installed in the Grassmarket, near Candlemaker Row, as part of the city council's multi million-pound redevelopment project. But they found it fell foul of disability rules, and had to dig up and move paving slabs last month.

In the latest twist, it has emerged the crossing is still not in use because the contractor has not yet moved the studs on the road, which were also in the wrong place. They say they cannot do this until Scottish Power completes roadworks in the street.

Bill Cowan, who owns nearby Costume HaHa and is an Old Town community councillor, said it was "outrageous" people had waited so long for a crossing. He said: "It's just shocking that they are still not functioning after two months. It's a very busy crossing. Thousands of people are risking their lives here every day."