A NEW safety measure to stop lorries parking close to a village shop has finally been completed.
Derbyshire County Council confirmed that its work on a pedestrian refuge outside the Co-op, in Burton Road, Overseal, had now been finished.
It is hoped the project will make the road safer for drivers.
Calls for major changes on the road were made in 2012, after a string of accidents saw nearby residents and parish councillors demanding action.
Original proposals were for a traffic island to be installed outside the store in an attempt to stop lorries parking on the busy road and causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians.
The suggestion came after highways chiefs, community leaders and police undertook a safety review of the A444.
However, a pedestrian refuge was seen as the more ‘viable option’.
Mark Knight, who sits on Overseal Parish Council, has long backed the move for change along the road and said the new pedestrian refuge would help reduce accidents.
He said: “The refuge will stop lorries parking outside the shop’s car park.
“Motorists pulling out wouldn’t be able to do so because there would be all this traffic all over the place, which causes a problem with obstruction.
“With the new development in Drakelow, the traffic needs to be managed.
“A lot of us use this road to get to work so we can’t complain about the volume of traffic, but there needs to be a solution.”
Councillor Knight previously told the Mail how lorries parked up at the side of the road near the Co-op had caused a danger for several years.
Efforts to improve safety along the road have also seen dozens of homes along the stretch sent warning letters by the police in a bid to put an end to footpaths being blocked.
Derbyshire Police has stepped in to try to put an end to issues by warning that anyone who blocked footpaths in the area would be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £100.