Dennis Crossing Given the Axe

The DoI has announced it will be removing the red and black zebra crossing from Kirk Michael, little over a week since it was installed.

The crossing, which we dubbed ‘Dennis the Menace’ proved unpopular with residents who said it was not visible enough.

In a statement, the DoI said: ‘The intention was to create a crossing at the school in a way that worked both for road safety and for road racing. Whilst the beacons and lines of the zebra crossing are to the normal design, the white paint was to be replaced with red asphalt so that the level of grip would be consistent across the width of the road. In practice, the contrast between the red and black areas is not as good as we had wanted.

‘Having consulted with race organisers, we will be applying the traditional white markings so that the crossing can be finished and brought into use before the start of the school term. The Department will work with race organisers and monitor grip levels over the winter months to make sure that the crossing is safe for next year’s TT races.’

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