I Sat at the traffic lights at the junction of Ettingshall Road and Bilston Road about to emerge from Dixon Street and there facing me was the long established works of “Steelway” The firm that put “Safety First” on the agenda many years ago in Wolverhampton.
It was great to see this age old works continuing to prosper in our town, and it brought to mind this little story.
1934 saw the launch of the Steelway pedestrian guard rail.
After long and careful experiment with the co-operation and assistance of the Chief Constable of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton’s Borough Engineer & Surveyor, the first pedestrian safety barrier was successfully installed at a busy junction in Wolverhampton.
This was due to an accident involving a boy and the barriers were installed to prevent pedestrians walking off a blind corner into the path of motorists.
Following on from this success, Steelway manufactured London’s first safety barriers at Britannia Crossing, Camden Town. These were inaugurated on 19th March 1935 by Mr Hore-Belisha, Minster of Transport.
They also manufactured the sockets and detachable uprights to form crowd control barriers for the 1937 coronation of King George VI – parts of which were used again for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Below the old cellar head.