Exposed wires in traffic lights column are ‘putting lives at risk’ says resident

Exposed wires in traffic lights column are ‘putting lives at risk’ says resident

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A MAGHULL resident has raised concerns that council inaction on dealing with exposed live electrical wires in a traffic lights column, is putting lives at risk.

Alan Crank contacted the Champion about the poor state of a pedestrian puffin crossing on Sefton Lane, saying the exposed wires are ‘just the right height’ for children to reach in.

He said: “Sefton Council and in particular highways, are putting our lives and especially our children’s at risk.

“Over the last 12 to 15 years I have called Sefton Council because an electrical panel cover has rotted away and keeps falling off exposing live wires on the pedestrian traffic lights.

“Sefton Council’s answer is to wrap it with a bit of tape. This then comes off over the following months and the panel falls off again, once more leaving exposed live wires!

“It is very low – just the right height for a young child to reach in and touch!

“When Sefton council officials first put the tape on I thought it was an emergency temporary measure but I was wrong because over the last 12 to 15 years or more all they do is replace the tape but only when the cover has fallen off and I call them.

“I am hoping that by highlighting it with your readers and embarrassing Sefton Council, they finally get the message and make it permanently safe.”

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of a puffin crossing traffic column with a faulty covering on Sefton Lane.

“While some reinforced armoured cabling was exposed, this did not pose any immediate risk to members of the public and temporary repairs have since been carried out while we await a new permanent covering to be installed by a contractor.”

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