Call for traffic-calming near crossing

December 01 2014

A CROSSING, which is regularly used by children walking to and from a Horfield primary school, is causing much concern among parents.

A CROSSING, which is regularly used by children walking to and from a Horfield primary school, is causing much concern among parents.

They say that drivers rush through Wellington Hill West, failing to stop in time for families waiting at the zebra crossing nearby the Beehive pub.

Parents of children at Horfield Church of England primary school, who use the zebra crossing, have joined forces to campaign for extra traffic calming measures on either side of the crossing, such as flashing 'slow down' signs.

Mother Jenni O'Connor said: "My daughter, who was four at the time, and I were crossing in the summer term, almost half way over with cars on the near side having stopped, when a woman speeding in the other direction, talking on her phone, simply failed to see us and carried on at about 40mph right under our noses.

"My daughter was on her scooter and if she had been even two feet ahead of me, it would have been in all probability a fatal accident. I was shaking for days, and she used to cry and ask me to carry her across for a couple of weeks afterwards.

"The woman did yell ‘sorry’ out of the window before zooming off – which is a trifle more than the V-signs and sarcastic waves families often get if we gesticulate to drivers that they should be stopping for pedestrians."

The group says that they have even received reports from local residents in the immediate vicinity that they have heard a frequent brake screeching around the crossing.

For more information about the campaign, and to get involved, contact Libby Bloor: libbybloor@gmail.com.