The Tuxford Primary Academy has warned of the dangers inherent in pupils having to cross a slip road for the A1 that is close to the school. The dangerous slip road has no crossing in place for the pupils to use, and the principal Louise Davidson says that dodging traffic is a regular weekday task.
The school had a lollipop lady helping the children to get across the road safely, but she retired last year. No replacement has been granted since a traffic survey indicated the school did not match the criteria necessary to have a new lollipop lady in place.
The pupils have to negotiate the build-up of vehicles that regularly occurs each morning. The evenings are quite hard too with lots of traffic in the area. Newark Road is the road the children have to cross and this leads immediately off the main A1 road. Some parents are also supporting the call to have a lollipop lady or a proper crossing children can use. One parent in particular, Caroline Cole, has a firm belief something needs to be done since her daughter was knocked down nearby. While she was lucky to escape serious injuries her mother says it illustrates how dangerous the road can be.
Are roads near schools more dangerous than other roads?
Some surveys have shown there is a potentially higher instance of accidents occurring around schools as opposed to areas where schools are not present. Children need to be vigilant while crossing the road at all times, and the start and end of the school day can also lead to a higher instance of traffic near schools, which may potentially add to the problem. However, some sites may be potentially more dangerous than others due to a variety of factors, as is the case seen here with the school mentioned in the report.
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Source: Newark Advertiser
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown