SOMEONE will die at a busy junction on an vital thoroughfare to Chester unless traffic lights are installed.
This is what residents and leading councillors believe of the junction at Western Avenue and Sealand Road on the outskirts of Blacon.
£36,000 has been put aside for 'pedestrian improvements' by Chester and District Housing Trust and Lovell Partnership, which is carrying out the massive redevelopment of the Treborth Road area.
A Highways Authority spokesman has confirmed: 'We're waiting for funding from the housing trust (and Lovell) and once that has come through, we'll be looking at putting a pedestrian refuge at that junction, if there are no unforeseen difficulties.'
But BT fibre optics run under the road and senior engineers admitted 'difficulties' in building the pedestrian traffic island could see costs rocket.
The cost would be about £625,000 for traffic lights and county highways team will not stump up the cash.
Blacon Hall Cllr John Price said: 'What we want is a safe entrance and exit to Blacon and it's not about compromise. Some of the ideas and redevelopment at Treborth Road are truly great but this is more important and has to be a priority.
'I used to work for BT and I know it's not beyond the wit of a telephone engineer to move these fibres.'
Rosemary Burns, of Australian Roads Residents Association, agreed that traffic lights were vital.
She added: 'You can be waiting 15 minutes to cross the road and get to the bus stop. It's horrendous.'
Their campaign has won support at Neighbourhood Pathfinder One Voice meetings.