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School’s roads to be made safer

Councillor Gary Wilkes, left, with deputy headteacher Mrs Keating, right, and pupils

Councillor Gary Wilkes, left, with deputy headteacher Mrs Keating, right, and pupils

A NEW road safety scheme is to be introduced on a Wigan estate after a car ploughed into a wall just yards from a primary school.

Damian Winstanley, the headteacher of Our Lady Immaculate Primary in Bryn, and Coun Gary Wilkes, have campaigned for better traffic measures after a vehicle crashed into a wall outside its neighbouring sister church in Downhall Green Road.

And now, following an assessment by highways engineers, Wigan Council has now promised to install a new traffic island and improve the road signs and markings.

Mr Winstanley said: “I want to make it safe for the children coming to school, as we have an issue with speeding traffic coming through the bend.

“The local area traffic manager came out to look at our concerns and suggested some traffic calming measures, but we were disappointed when they never got approved.

“Instead the authority painted road markings but this has increased the danger to children when crossing because it has formed three points to cross, instead of two. As this has no impact on the speed of traffic, I want more to be done.

“This is a major cause for concern as a few weeks ago a car came along Downall Green Road and crashed into a wall adjacent to the school.

“That happened at 6.30am, but had it occurred a few hours later children would have been around and it could have been a serious incident.”

Coun Wilkes said he felt the school’s safety was a priority and the measures should have been approved sooner.

He said: “I feel Our Lady’s gets penalised due to the fact that not many children walk to school because pupil numbers are low.

“I notice that there were some road traffic measures in Wigan Road, Bryn, which I did not see as essential as this. There needs to be a refuge crossing and slow signs. We don’t want to wait until a child or parent gets hurt.”

But a council spokesman said it will start work on improving safety in the area.

Mark Tilley, head of highways at Wigan Council, said; “We’ll be delivering a comprehensive road safety scheme for the school and surrounding area. 

“Following a meeting between the area traffic engineer and the school’s head, we’re proposing to install a new traffic island and improve the road signs and markings. 

“We know this is a busy road and I’d like to remind people to drive carefully especially around schools. 

“Across the borough, most schools already have 20mph zones around them and we intend to roll out 20mph limits on all residential roads over the next few years as part of our continuing work to further protect all road users and pedestrians.”

 

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