Edinburgh has two of the worst accident blackspots for children in Scotland, data shows.
Youngsters in the area around St Mary’s RC Primary in East London Street are in the most danger in the Scottish capital, with the street also rated the second worst in the country.
Primary school children in Leith are at the greatest risk of being involved in a
road accident compared with other areas of Edinburgh. One councillor suggested the danger is escalated further by roadworks created by the tram project.
Number of accidents
The study by Axa, compiled from official Government statistics, measured the number of collisions involving children that took place on roads within a third of a mile of schools between 2006 and 2011.
Primary schools in the Leith area accounted for three out of six of the most dangerous locations in Edinburgh.
The area around St Mary’s RC Primary saw 28 accidents involving youngsters during that time. In Scotland as a whole, this was topped only by the area surrounding Annette Street Primary in Glasgow, which recorded 29 incidents.
Safety taken seriously
Transport convener Lesley Hinds said: “There is nothing in this data which indicates the collisions relate specifically to the schools themselves, as many of these collisions could have happened during the school holidays. Road safety around our schools is something we take extremely seriously, as shown by the number of road safety awareness initiatives we run.”
However, local Labour councillor Angela Blacklock said roadworks in the area could be a factor.
“The council is investing millions in improving Leith Walk and has been consulting widely with a number of organisations, including local community groups,” she said.
“The plans we have are excellent and these improvements will happen, but we know that the area has been extremely busy due to things like the tram works. The temporary road markings that have been in place are not ideal, and may have been contributory.”
Parents of children who have been injured in a road traffic accident can contact the Accident Advice Helpline for guidance in making a compensation claim.
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Author: David Brown