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As part of a £10.5 million town centre make-over a new pavement has been installed. However, the mixed-up pattern on the paving stones ‘hide’ the edge of the kerb, creating an optical illusion. So far it has caused at least 20 people to trip, resulting in a visit to hospital. The shoppers in Pontypridd, South Wales, town centres pavement problems seem to be the result of the street level pattern being similar to that of the loading bay, a four inch drop below.

The Daily Telegraph reported that grandmother Morfydd Jenkins, 75, was left badly bruised when she tripped over the kerb while rushing for a bus. She said: “I was going to the bus stop and all I remember is falling over the kerb – I didn’t see it. I was taken to hospital and had X-rays and I had a lot of bruising and cuts to my face and neck. I’m feeling alright now but I’m much more cautious about going out on my own.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service noted it had been called to the spot 20 times since the redesign was completed in May. Cheryl Hull, manager of Shaws the Drapers, works opposite the tripping spot and has called an ambulance for around 10 shoppers.

A spokesman from Rhondda Cynon Taf council said: “We have introduced flat surfaces where possible which greatly assists those with mobility issues. There are some areas in the town that do require a kerb to ensure services such as buses and deliveries to shops can continue to be provided.”

If you have had a accident in a similar situation to this in a re-vamped or new shopping centre local to you then contact us on 03303001103 or visit our Accident and Personal Injury website for more information on how we can help you.

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