PEDESTRIANS are urging drivers to take care at a notoriously dangerous junction.
Walkers have long been concerned about the junction of Oswald Road and Black Gate Street where it seems no-one is sure who has the right of way.
On travelling up the hill towards Leg Street some drivers indicate to turn left into Black Gate Street towards Sainsbury’s, lulling pedestrians into a false sense of security that all who intend to turn will indicate, which then leaves them exposed to those drivers who take the 90 degree bend without indicating.
Pedestrians travelling in the same direction as the traffic also have their backs to the cars as they approach, adding to the danger.
And according to many, there have been a lot of “near misses” as a result.
Patrick McKenna, from Oswestry, confirmed this saying: “Cars turning don’t seem to indicate.
“There should be a sign to tell them to do so.”
Steve Hope, of St Martins, (pictured), agreed: “Cars should signal as it is a danger to people crossing.”
Pamela Townsend, Gobowen, said: “It is a risk to pedestrians as they cannot at times see cars.”
While Jade McKay, of Oswestry, (pictured), confirmed the junction was a worry to drivers as well.
“It is a risk.
“When I drive around the corner I have to go slow because I can’t see people crossing the road.”
Last week Shropshire Council installed a sign on the asphalt warning pedestrians heading up the hill to “look right” down Oswald Road before crossing Black Gate Street.
And Claire Wild, Cabinet member for highways and transport, explained the road did not need any right of way markings for drivers as both lanes of traffic travel in the same direction.
But many pedestrians feel more needs to be done.
Elizabeth Franklin, of Weston Rhyn, suggested a zebra crossing while Keith Locket, of Oswestry, added: “There should be a sign before the turning so that cars can slow down.”
Bethan Rogers from Oswestry (pictured) agreed, adding: “If you’re not local you wouldn’t know that people often cross the road there, which could put people at risk.”
Councillor Peter Adams, deputy Cabinet member for transport, agreed the junction could be difficult and advised pedestrians to take extra care when crossing.
“If people are concerned about safety, it will be included in any future traffic studies taking place in Oswestry town centre,” he added.
To contact the council about the safety of the junction call 0345 678 9000.