DOG WALKERS are putting their lives at risk by climbing over safety barriers to cross the dangerous A54 Kelsall bypass.
The 70mph dual-carriageway, built in 1986 to ease congestion in rural villages, cuts across a public footpath and a bridleway, but footbridges providing safe passage are located elsewhere.
Walkers and dog owners have been spotted clambering over the central reservation, often while carrying their pets, to reach the footpath and Eddisbury Way trail on the other side of the road, putting the lives of motorists as well as their own at risk.
Kelsall Parish Council member Tony Castle said the issue was long-standing and that requests for a public crossing in line with existing footpaths had been turned down in the past by Cheshire County Council.
He said: “When the bypass was built, there were some economic problems and no over-the-road footways were built.
“The footpaths either side of the bypass were just terminated. But of course they are still there. Walkers are encouraged to cross because there is nothing stopping them.
“There should be a bridge built across the carriageway because each time a pedestrian crosses they need to be so alert because traffic is speeding down the hill at more than 70mph.”
Cheshire West and Chester spokesman Ian Callister said that over-the- road footpaths could be easily reached and that those crossing were needlessly risking life and limb.
He said: “We would urge people not to put lives at risk by crossing a high- speed road designed to take heavy traffic.
“Surely a few hundred yards extra walk is a small price to pay for safety.”
Insp Phil Hodgson said: “Safe crossing points are at a premium on what is a large and very fast road.
“Those choosing to cross the road are decreasing their chances of reaching the other side safely if they are having to climb over street furniture while carrying an unpredictable pet.”