A HALE mum is demanding answers from Trafford Council after waiting for a 'much-needed' zebra crossing to be built for more than a year.

Helen Miller, 37, has to cross Moss Lane, in Hale, every day to take her children to Stamford Park Infants School and said she and others 'take their lives in their hands' when they do so.

"There is absolutely nowhere safe to cross, I see families with pushchairs trying to cross the junction at Golf Road and they just have to do it blind," she said.

"I live on the newish development of 200 plus houses which house mainly young families, many of whom attend Stamford Park Infant and Junior schools.

"Trying to cross Moss Lane with young children to get to these schools is like running the gauntlet – although there's a traffic island in the road next to the mini-roundabout hardly anyone stops to let us cross.

"It's only a matter of time before someone is injured."

The Welman Way resident first contacted the council in March 2013 and in July that year, she was told by her ward councillor, Cllr Michael Young, that a traffic study had been completed and a zebra crossing at the existing uncontrolled crossing island between Welman Way and Queens Road, would be installed by no later than March 2014.

However, work is yet to begin as the funding the council had hoped to use 'did not come to fruition', but a spokesman said the crossing should be installed by October this year.

But Helen said she remains very sceptical.

"The survey was done well over a year ago, they said they would do it within the last financial year and nothing happened, I really doubt anything will change," said the mum of two.

A Trafford Council spokesman said: "The council has completed the traffic management consultation process and expects the zebra crossing to be installed by October."