Bollards scheme is yet to get moving
RISING bollards installed because of fears over pedestrian safety in the centre of Luton are still not working, more than six months after they were put in place.
The bollards were installed outside Nationwide in George Street to improve pedestrian safety, after it was reported that a large number of “pedestrian/vehicle conflicts” were occurring at busy times.
They were part of a £700,000 improvement scheme by Luton Borough Council which included new paving in the area around the Town Hall and static bollards at the junctions of George Street with its side roads.
Asked in March this year why the rising bollards were not operational, the council said control points needed to be installed in the Kempston police control centre and the council’s CCTV control room.
The authority said there had been a delay in getting hold of the correct control equipment, which was being resolved by London-based manufacturer APT Controls.
This week the Herald&Post asked the council why the bollards were still not operational, four months on.
A spokesman said: “We are awaiting a final programme of works from our supplier. However, it is hoped the rising bollards will be operational early autumn.”
But when we contacted ATP Controls, a staff member said the company was waiting to hear from the council before proceeding with the work.
He said: “We are waiting for Luton Borough Council to give us the go-ahead to finalise the commissioning.”
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