Parents whose children attend Tregoze Primary School are calling on Swindon Council to install measures to warn drivers that there is a heavily used yet poorly signposted pedestrian crossing on Hay Lane, between Grange Park Way and the entrance to Lydiard Park.
The school is hidden from the road and parents and children daily have to risk life and limb crossing at a designated point where it is impossible to see vehicles around a slight corner on the north side of the road.
They also complain that when they walk home with children in the afternoon there are often several school buses and coaches as well as parents’ cars using the road.
Tracey Boxall said she had been a Tregoze parent for ten years and feels the council has not understood the level of danger on Hay Lane.
“There are no school signs, no yellow lines or flashing lights and the narrow road is a bus route; it can be terrifying crossing the road because drivers are not warned to be aware.
“When an election leaflet came through my door stating that something had to be done about Hay Lane, I immediately contacted Tim Swinyard to discuss the problem and he came to the school playground to talk to parents.”
Tregoze headteacher Claire Leach said road safety is repeatedly emphasised with parents. “We support the new campaign; the Hay Lane crossing has been an ongoing issue for several years.”
She added that a 5 minute walking zone will be launched with help from Swindon Council’s walk to school safety officer and school travel ambassadors have been mapping routes to follow.
School safety officer Jane Deeley said road safety had been assessed at every school in the town and a programme of measures had been agreed using clear criteria based on road speed and the number of incidents. “The plans were put on hold due to budget restraints in 2013 but there are funds for 2014/2015 and all the safety data is being re-examined.”
A report will be written for councillors after the local elections on 22 May.