A PETITION calling for a zebra crossing on one of Christchurch's busiest roads has already been signed by hundreds of people.

Justin Eames started the petition on change.org a few weeks ago, calling for safety measures on Barrack Road, near to the Fountain roundabout.

Mr Eames, who lives in Twynham Avenue said he is worried about the speed of vehicles travelling along the road by the police station.

"We moved last year and I always said that as soon as we were settled, I would try and change this", he told the Daily Echo.

"It frustrates me; there are older people and kids going to school using this road.

"The traffic lights at Stour Road are not enough.

"I want my children to be safe walking to school."

He added: "This is such a busy road. I walk along it regularly and see drivers doing way in excess of 30mph."

On the online petition site, he has written: "Why should a few white lines in the road be so out of reach for this important crossing area?"

Last year a pedestrian was critically injured following a crash opposite the police station in Christchurch.

The man had been crossing the road close to the police station when he was involved in a crash with a silver BMW 5 Series travelling from the Fountain roundabout toward Bournemouth.

Police no longer operate from the Barrack Road site as the land has been sold for housing.

Mr Eames said he hopes development will mean safety measures are put in place.

He will be talking to the local residents group, Christchurch Citizens Association, about his petition and is considering presenting it to Christchurch council.

"It's been received really well so far with no negative comments on social media at all. I'm open to suggestions as to what will work, but something needs to be done", he added.

To sign the petition go to change.org/p/christchurch-borough-council-zebra-crossing-on-lower-end-of-barrack-road-christchurch-dorset-uk