Parents run road gauntlet

CONCERNED parents are calling on North Somerset Council to install a zebra crossing on a busy route used by children to get to school in Locking

CONCERNED parents are calling on North Somerset Council to install a zebra crossing on a busy route used by children to get to school in Locking.Families living on the former RAF site off the busy A371 say their children are being put at risk because there is no safe way of crossing the road.Sarah Williams, who has a child at Locking Primary School in Meadow Drive, said: "I see mums crossing the road with pushchairs and being left stuck in the middle while lorries and cars speed past at more than 50mph. "Any child stepping onto the road would be killed. Some people can use the overhead footbridge, but parents with pushchairs or dogs have to cross the road."I walk my son to school to encourage good health and to limit my car use. I am sure others would be happier to walk to school if the process was made safer."She says a speed limit is 'essential' on the road, which is often used by heavy goods vehicles.Another parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "The limit should be slowed down and a controlled crossing put in place. This has been done on the same road in Banwell so why is it not happening in Locking?"The Government says it should be compulsory for all children to arrive to their nearest school safely so they should not be told the bridge is suitable when it is far from that."I challenge any councillor who thinks it is safe to take a baby in a pushchair over the bridge then review their thoughts.


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