PEDESTRIANS in Hixon will soon be safer after new measures were announced.
A new footpath will be built in the high street and new signs and road markings introduced.
The announcement comes after a seven-year campaign for improvements by Hixon Parish Council.
The lack of footpaths in the High Street area of the village and the potential for pedestrians to be seriously injured, or worse, was raised by Hixon Parish Council in 2007.
“The big problem was that Staffs County Council said a scheme was impractical without having to compulsory purchase land from the frontages of adjacent properties,” said Hixon Parish Council chairman, Brendan McKeown.
“But we designed a scheme within the existing road width.”
The parish council will contribute up to £10,000 towards the cost of the work.
Councillor McKeown added: “The High Street scheme is the first of a number of road safety proposals we consulted on with Hixon residents before submitting to county council highways engineers,” said Councillor McKeown.
“Hopefully we can bring forward other highway safety schemes over the next four or five years with the support of the people of Hixon.”