Two accidents in two days outside school prompts safety campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:51 23 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 September 2013

Parents and teachers are campaigning to make road safer

Parents and teachers are campaigning to make road safer


PARENTS and teachers are campaigning to make a 40mph road outside St Anne's School safer, after two accidents in two 

There was a crash on the A370 outside the Hewish school at 8.30am on Monday. Parents say the accident occurred between a car pulling out of the school and an oncoming motorbike.

The biker was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary to be treated.

The police were then called to another collision at 8.30am on Tuesday. Three vehicles collided outside the school, causing the top of the road heading towards Wick St Lawrence to be blocked off.

Although there was vehicle damage no-one sustained any injuries.

The Parents’ and Teachers’ Association is hoping to get some flashing lights installed to notify motorists of the school entrance and exit, and the speed limit reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

One of the people involved in Tuesday’s crash, Leanne Havinden, said: “It is just the speed outside the school. They have turned it to 40mph from 50mph, but it is just too fast.

“The next accident could be even worse, if not a fatality. Even if they just lowered the speed limit for the drop off and pick up times, just so cars can go in and out safely.

“It could well be that a child is involved next, and some of them are quite tiny at five or six years old.”

Mrs Havinden, who is also in the PTA and has two children aged five and six at the school, is hoping a campaign will be mounted to make the road safer.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have already reduced the speed limit outside the school. We have also carried out some speed monitoring that shows exceeding the speed limit isn’t an issue on this busy road.

“As a precaution we are looking at installing more speed repeater signs.

“We have also been talking to the parish council about the possibility of widening the footway between the school and the Full Quart pub which is used to drop children off. Discussions are at an early stage.”

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