03:18AM, Wednesday 09 November 2011
After years of campaigning a zebra crossing is finally being installed on Ray Mead Road.
The carriageway is crossed regularly by families and visitors to riverside amenities but over the years a number of pedestrians have been knocked down in the process.
Work began to install the crossing near the Riverside Gardens park on Monday and is expected to be finished by Friday, November 18.
Campaigners including Jenner's Cafe owner and Royal Borough councillor Andrew Jenner have fought for it for nearly 10 years.
Cllr Jenner (Con, Riverside) has submitted petitions carrying hundreds of signatures to the council calling for action and says he is 'over the moon' that it has finally come.
"I think it will be a real asset down by the river and a real safety feature for the park," he explained.
A spokeswoman for the council said the crossing is expected to cost about £17,000.