Parents petition for safer crossing on Cranbrook Road

July 04 2016

A dangerous stretch of Cranbrook Road, which many children cross on their way to school, has been highlighted by concerned parents.

A dangerous stretch of Cranbrook Road, which many children cross on their way to school, has been highlighted by concerned parents.

Local residents, parents at Redland Green School and Westbury Park School, have set up a petition to ask Bristol City Council to install a crossing on this road and are asking other local parents to go online and sign it.

Mother, Clare Freshwater-Turner, was alerted to the problem a few weeks ago. She explained: “A child was hit by a car on Cranbrook Road at the junction of Harcourt Hill and Cairns Road.

“Thankfully, the car was travelling at low speed and no injury resulted. But, it could have been a very different story. 

"There have been numerous 'near misses' here. Perhaps you don't need to cross Cranbrook Road, but you may have children at RGS, or will do in the near future who are likely to cross at this point.

“I reported the incident involving the child to the police, who are supportive of our campaign.

"Let's take action before something really tragic happens. Not only is this junction dangerous for pedestrians, but for drivers too, with very low visibility and vehicles often exceeding 30, 40 and sometimes 50mph.”

The matter was raised with the Neighbourhood Partnership at its recent forum. 

Redland councillors, Martin Fodor and Fi Hance, support the need for a safe crossing and have pressed for urgent action to be taken.

The Neighbourhood Partnership has approved a funding request for local traffic information to be gathered so traffic volume and speed will be assessed by a data logger. This will enable officers to draw up some options for consideration.

The petition can be signed by children as well as adults and can be found on the council website   at: http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/ MakeCrossingCranbrook RoadSafe