Parents’ road safety plea for ‘dangerous’ school crossing near Worksop

Residents are campaigning for road safety measures outside St Mary and St Martin Primary School, Blyth
Residents are campaigning for road safety measures outside St Mary and St Martin Primary School, Blyth

A mum is calling on council leaders to improve road safety on a busy route outside a village primary school.

Rachel Kitchin launched an online petition asking for a pedestrian crossing on the A634 Retford Road, Blyth, outside St Mary and St Martin School. She says a small crossing island near the school entrance, about 10ft wide either side of a three- ft wide bollard, with no drop kerbs, has “worryingly” been deemed safe by the council.

“Large articulated lorries frequently thunder through the day coming and going down this stretch, and the only place to use is the crossing,” she said.

“Typically road tankers are 54ft long, eight and a half-ft wide and 12ft high, which leaves about eight inches between wheels and kerbs.

“When you have got two HGVs coming past at the same time you’re going to be squashed, it is not very safe.”

Her three-year-old daughter attends the pre-school at Barnby Memorial Hall, where there is “quite a good pedestrian crossing.”

“But it doesn’t served the other end of Blyth,” she added.

Rachel, of Scrooby Top, has lived in the area for 27 years, and her father is a farmer in the Worksop area.

She is concerned that increased traffic movements relating to the IGas application to explore for shale gas off the A634, between Barnby Moor and Blyth, along with more quarrying in the local area and new housing developments will make a busy road even busier - and potentially more dangerous.

Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on behalf of the county council, said “multiple surveys” had been carried out on the A634 at Blyth to monitor “traffic and pedestrian flows levels, both at the school and the Co-Op at High Street”. A spokesman said a new Zebra crossing at the Co-op “where pedestrian flows are high was currently nearing completion”.