A petition calling for a pedestrian bridge at the crossing where a woman was killed on Friday has reached over two and a half thousand signatures.

It follows a fatal collision involving a Volkswagen van and a 33-year-old woman on the A39, between Treliever roundabout and Kernick Road Industrial Estate Penryn, at around 9.35am on Friday.

It was reported locally that the collision involved the crossing between Kingston Way and the Tremough Campus.

A petition was set up yesterday by Helen Worthington, calling for better safety measures at the location.

Posting on Facebook this morning she said the petition had now reached 2,500 signatures as of 7.25 am. When the Packet checked it was now at 2,550.

"We've reached 2500 signatures," she said. "What an achievement!"

Yesterday she said: "Well done to everyone for giving this such momentum. Let's keep those numbers on the up."

She said she had shared the petition with Cornwall Council, the local councillor, the constituent MP Cherilyn Mackrory and the BBC.

"Please continue to share news reports and the petition as widely as possible. The council are obliged to make a formal response," she said.

Falmouth town councillor Dean Evans who recently successfully called on the council to set up a volunteer speed watch group said while he supported the petition in principle, and had signed, he would suggest that a pelican crossing would be a better solution.

"Older people and cyclists would find it more difficult to use a bridge and many others may prefer to risk crossing the road rather than use a bridge," he said.

"A bridge would also be far more expensive and therefore less likely to find favour. A bridge would also need to be lit for safety."


Woman dies after crash between van and pedestrian near Penryn

The petition says: "A young woman's life was tragically robbed as the result of a fatal road traffic accident on the A39 between Asda and Treliever Roundabout. This should not have happened.

"This crossing is used often by local walkers, cyclists, young children with their parents and students and staff of the university.

"The road is a busy main road, and the crossing is the only convenient way to access the campus from the village and vice versa. Many who use it do so not only to access the campus but to use it as a convenient, safe and quick route into Penryn.

"There are no markings on the road to alert either pedestrians or pedestrian crossing, nor are there signs alerting the crossing (other than a simple island), and the uphill approach from oncoming traffic obscures the view.

"There is not a reduced speed limit. The volume of growth from the surrounding trees and greenery further obscures the approach of any walkers.

"This is not the first time an accident has brought risk and harm to life at that location.

"Please sign this petition to support the proposal for the installation of a pedestrian bridge (or equivalent crossing) to ensure the safety of all who use the crossing on a daily basis."

You can sign the petition here: www.change.org/p/install-a-pedestrian-bridge-across-the-a39-between-mabe-burnthouse-and-tremough-campus