AN extra crossing patrol has been employed at a busy Wigan junction in a bid to boost safety.
The measure was taken after lollipop lady Karen Littler, who was trying to cover two crossings at once in Ashton, was injured in a road accident.
Local councillors Nigel Ash and Ann Rampling teamed up with MetroFresh, which not only delivers school meals and caretaking services but also supplies crossing patrols on behalf of Wigan Council to commission an extra person to help with road safety near St Oswald’s RC Primary School.
The call for a reinforcement came after Karen was in collision with a car while holding up traffic at the Warrington Road/Liverpool Road crossing. A driver is facing prosecution over the incident.
She was struggling to cover a second crossing point at the Bryn Street/Gerard Street junction so now Charlotte Burbridge has been enlisted to cover that one.
Rick Laithwaite, business support manager at MetroFresh, said: “We listened to the concerns of local ward member, Coun Nigel Ash, and to the people of Ashton, in relation to the Liverpool Road/Warrington Road school crossing.
“This is a dangerous junction with two crossing points 20m apart. One patrol would find if difficult rushing between both.
“Coun Ash and I hope this addition will solve the recent issues and provide a better and more appropriate service to the children, parents and drivers who pass through the area at school times.”
Coun Ash said: “I am delighted to say that the officers backed our concerns and acted swiftly to employ an extra crossing patrol. We welcome the new addition which should make this very busy crossing much safer for children to cross.
“However, I am still getting reports of motorists who are going through the light at red and endangering both the lives of the lollipop ladies and parents and children crossing here I would ask all motorists using this junction to be extra careful at this junction and to stop when the light is red.
“I do not want to see another accident here.”