Child safety fears lead to crossing campaign

Campaigners by where they want a crossing built
Campaigners by where they want a crossing built
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Campaigners behind a push for a new crossing outside a Haddenham school say not having one is a danger to children.

Concerned parents, staff and pupils of Haddenham Community Junior School have backed calls for action after a number of near miss incidents in Woodways.

Currently traffic coming from one direction must give way to the other and people can cross from an island that reaches out into the road.

But parent Emma Lister said it is not a safe system. She pointed to an incident earlier this month when a car mounted the pavement near a group of children when two cars were trying to get through the gap at the same time.

She said: “The children are advised to cross there because it’s the safest place. But the problem with that is the children are standing in the middle of the road.

“It’s very dangerous for children to cross, but it is relevant for all residents. They should have the ability to stop traffic to be able to cross safely.”

Ms Lister has written to John Bercow MP and the head of transport at Bucks County Council about the issue, but it has been opposed by the parish council for budget reasons.

Ms Lister said: “There are a lot of people who want this to happen.”

A lollipop lady does serve the area, but Ms Lister says she is not always there.