Campaigners call for safe Ulverston school crossing
Last updated at 17:18, Tuesday, 15 October 2013
TEACHERS and parents have urged the public to support a campaign to improve road safety near Ulverston schools before a child is killed.
An online petition has been launched calling on Cumbria County Council to introduce traffic calming measures and install a pedestrian crossing on Springfield Road.
The road, which is used by pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Ulverston Victoria High School, does not have a designated safe crossing point.
Concerned dad Gareth Nicklin is co-ordinating a campaign to demand a pedestrian crossing, with a refuge point in the middle of the road, outside Ulverston Victoria High School.
The petition, which will be open until December 31, also asks the authorities to consider the problems of poor visibility, the absence of pavements along stretches of the road near the railway station and parked school coaches which make it difficult to cross the road safely.
The county council will debate the benefits of creating a safe pedestrian crossing outside UVHS at a meeting on February 4 next year.
The petition cites the examples of Rating Lane, Park Drive and Thorncliffe Road in Barrow, all of which have designated crossing points and speed bumps to accommodate pedestrians traveling to school.
The petition reads: “Springfield Road in Ulverston, if anything, is busier, faster and more hazardous than these three roads in Barrow.
“Why should we tolerate such a significantly increased risk of death or injury for our children attending school in Ulverston, when compared with their Barrow counterparts?”
Ian Patterson, chairman of governors at St Mary’s School, gave his backing to the campaign.
“Mr Nicklin has defined the risks very clearly and everyone associated with the schools in the area must be behind this initiative,” Mr Patterson said.
“The concentration of schools in the area leads to maximum vehicle traffic coinciding with peak pedestrian activity.
“The safety provisions need to be improved before we have a serious incident.”
Anyone interested in supporting the campaign should search for “Ulverston: A Safe Road for Our Children to Go to School On” and visit Cumbria County Council’s e-petition website.
First published at 16:22, Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Surely if they got a crossing the lollipop man would lose his Job ?? Plus parents that park their cars everywhere ae a hazard x
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