Pupils on warpath over road crossing
PUPILS have called for action to make a safe crossing for their walk to school.
The eight travel ambassadors at Kingsdown School said a new crossing should be put in place at a busy junction near their school on Hyde Road.
There has already been one serious accident and five minor ones there in the last three years.
Each morning and evening, the ambassadors say the Kingsdown junction, which includes Hyde Road, Beechcroft Road, Ermin Street and Kingsdown Road, has vehicles flying across with no pedestrian crossing close by.
A meeting between the ambassadors and councillors is set to take place on November 22 to discuss the issue.
“I nearly got run over this morning,” said 14-year-old Rowan Crumbie. “Cars whizz round the corner and you have no way of knowing if they are coming.”
He said due to the road layout it looks like the traffic lights are on red for one set of vehicles but then another lane of cars could have a green light without the children seeing it.
“There needs to be some sort of crossing there,” said Daisy Faulker, 15.
“It is really hard to get across. Lots of my friends say there could be more accidents.”
Head of year 10, Marie Temple, who runs the travel ambassador scheme at the school, said the pupils had identified the new crossing as their number one concern.
Pupils also said the pavement was too narrow on Ermin Street, which leads up to the school, and should be expanded.
“You get lots of people walking together. I have to walk on the road to get around them,” said Molly Mandy, aged 12.
“Cyclists don’t know whether to stay on the roads or the path because there is no room.”
Representatives from Swindon Council will meet the children.
Councillor Keith Williams, cabinet member for highways, said two years ago money was made available for work on roads leading to schools with the cash being given out on a priority basis with the areas having most accidents being served first.
He said: “So much money is given to crossings every year. Applications are assessed by the accidents recorded.
“People say something needs to be done before an accident occurs but when you only have so much money it is better to look at the places where an accident is happening first.
“That said, there could be the potential for any leftover money to be spent on the road.”