On Tuesday 11th November my son, a pupil at Walton Priory Middle School was knocked down by a bus when he was trying to cross Tilling Drive on his way home. The area is very congested at the end of the school day with parked and moving vehicles (cars, school coaches, public buses) and pedestrians. Parents feel this was an ‘accident waiting to happen’ as there is no safe space to cross. Parked vehicles (especially coaches and buses) force pupils and parents to walk into the road to see whether it is safe to cross as it’s not possible to do this on the pavement. Furthermore it is not as ‘simple’ as looking two ways as there is the allotment parking which has two entrances/exits which is used by parents as well as the road to the estate, this adds to the difficulty of crossing and makes it high risk in terms of safety. There is a crossing patrol warden outside Pirehill First School but this is not helpful for Walton pupils who need to cross further up to gain access to the footpath which takes them to the estates on the other side of the A34. In addition crossing this far down would mean two further streets to unnecessarily cross as they made their way back to the path.
I am requesting action by the council to implement road safety measures to create a safe place to cross as a matter of urgency before a child is seriously injured. This could be a Crossing Patrol Warden, Pedestrian crossings, parking restrictions when the area is most congested etc or a combination. It would useful if a council employee could visit the area at the end of the school day when it is at is most congested to fully assess the risk.
Started by: Rochelle Edwards
This ePetition ran from 15/11/2019 to 03/12/2019 and has now finished.
232 people signed this ePetition.