A VETERAN road safety campaigner has claimed victory in a quest for a new pedestrian crossing to help children get to school safely.

Councillor Jim MacLeod has been calling for crossing in Ardgowan Street in Port Glasgow for several months.

This was sparked by concerns raised over the safety of pupils walking to and from St John's Primary School.

Now he has had a breakthrough, with work on a crossing set to start in the new year.

Cllr MacLeod said: "A constituent who lives in the Kingston Dock estate had first raised concerns with me earlier this year about children crossing the street on their way to and from St John's.

"A significant number of heavy goods vehicles now travel on the road on their way to and from the Port retail park.

"Traffic issues on Ardgowan Street had also been raised with me by residents living in the Lower Mary Street housing estate."

Councillor MacLeod contacted road officials earlier this year and they agreed action was needed.

Mr MacLeod added: "At a recent St John's Primary School parent council meeting parents raised similar concerns with me about Ardgowan Street, along with lighting on the road.

"I raised the crossing again with roads officials and asked them to look at improving the lighting too."

The new crossing should be in place by February.

Cllr MacLeod said: "The work will involve an extension of the footway on the south side of Ardgowan Street and the installation of 'build-outs' to narrow the road width and assist pedestrians crossing the street."

Mr MacLeod says the lighting issue is also being addressed.

He told the Tele: "I am informed the area beneath the A8 bridge requires some attention and that council officials are in contact with Transerv with a view to our roads services installing additional lighting.

"The council needs Transerv approval to erect lanterns on the bridge structure or to excavate immediately adjacent to the bridge structure to install lighting columns.

"I'm sure that once the crossing is completed and lighting improved at Ardgowan Street that this will greatly assist road safety at this area.

"I want to to thank council roads officials on answering my constituents concerns and worries."